Lyric coloratura soprano Zoë Bonner is based in London and performs a wide variety of music as part of a busy portfolio career. As a concert soloist, Zoë has sung with choral societies across the UK, her favourite oratorio repertoire including Poulenc's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem in D minor and Handel's Messiah. A full list of concert repertoire can he found here. Zoë's television and radio appearances include BBC Songs of Praise, Radio 4's Daily Service, Kombat Opera's Question Time Out (BBC Two), Radio 3's In Tune, BBC One's Pointless Celebrities and Tony Palmer's 2011 film Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter (BBC Four). In ensemble, Zoë has performed across Europe with the Choir of The Enlightenment, madrigal quintet Ruby Throat, Musica de Cerca and the Gabrieli Consort. She is also a long-standing member of the Philharmonia Voices, a professional chorus who are a regular fixture at the Royal Festival Hall and occasionally, Buckingham Palace!
Sacred music plays a key part in Zoë’s working life: she is a member of the acclaimed professional octet at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge and, with Music Director Stephen Farr, has been a featured soloist in two recordings of Advent and Christmas music with the choir of Worcester College, Oxford for Resonus Classics.
Zoë’s early forays onto the operatic stage have boasted heroines, seductresses, Princes and PA’s. In 2012, she created the role of Leo in a ground-breaking gender-swap production of Don Giovanni at Heaven Nightclub in London. And in 2011, she took the title role in a new production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, a 5 star production for OperaUpClose boasting a new libretto by playwright Mark Ravenhill and original jazz instrumentation. Other roles performed include Arianna in Handel’s Giustino and Hyacinthus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus. This summer, Zoe will begin work on an exciting new opera by Barry Seaman called Mirabai. Exploring the connection between religious and sexual ecstasy, the opera is based on the life of 16th century Indian Princess, Meera, who through her devotion to the God Krishna became a celebrated poet and musician. The opera will run in London and New Delhi, with a film version being directed by Tony Palmer in 2018. For operatic reviews, please navigate here.
Zoe currently studies singing with Ann de Renais, associate teacher to David Jones.
Adding a different musical flavour to the mix, Zoë is proud to be one half of the voice and piano duo Bonner & Hamilton. Performing all the best loved and not so well known tunes from the Great American and English Songbooks, Zoë and pianist Katy Hamilton provide bespoke entertainment and a touch of style to any event.
Zoë is a full and active member of Equity and currently sits on the South & South East London General Branch committee.