Soprano Yvette Bonner’s career has taken her to many major opera houses and festivals throughout Europe and the United States. She is admired for her warm bright voice and fine qualities as a communicator of honesty and conviction. A trained dancer, she has distinguished herself in productions requiring a particularly physical interpretation.
Yvette graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with the Dip. RAM, the Academy’s highest award for performance. She was also the winner of the prestigious Blyth–Buesst Operatic Prize.
She has performed with opera companies including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, La Monnaie and Houston Grand Opera. Festivals include Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera and Buxton Opera Festival.
Yvette’s roles include Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at the Vlaamse Opera and Iseut in Le Vin Herbé in Rotterdam. Other roles include Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera, the title role Rusalka, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Dorinda Orlando, Eurydice Orfeo, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Esmeralda The Bartered Bride, Sophie Werther, Semele Die Liebe der Danae, Erste Diener Die Ägyptische Helena and Monica The Medium.
Excelling in the field of contemporary opera, Yvette created the roles of Alice in Knaifel’s Alice in Wonderland and most recently Sarah in Michel Van der Aa’s acclaimed production ‘After Life’, both for the Nederlandse Opera.
A renowned concert performer and recitalist, she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms and with orchestras including the RPO, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, CBSO, ECO, Scottish Opera Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields.
Yvette has appeared on TV and radio both in the UK and abroad and has featured on several recordings. She received a Grammy Award nomination for the role of Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
She has performed several times with North London Chorus, most recently in Puccini Messa di Gloria and Salieri Requiem in July 2018, and in Rutter Magnificat and Dyson Hierusalem in June 2019.