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Tessa Bonner (Soprano)

Born: February 28, 1951 - Hammersmith (London), England
Died: December 31, 2008 - London, England

The English soprano, Tessa Bonner (b Teresa Pollard), began her musical career working for BBC Television as a production assistant. She then went to Leeds University where she obtained a music degree and began her vocal training with Honor Sheppard. She continued studying singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Margaret Lensky and Ellis Keeler.

Tessa Bonner sang regularly with various ensembles, including the Taverner Consort, The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), New London Consort, Lute Group, Gabrieli Consort and King’s Consort, and the Early Opera Project. She appeared frequently with Musica Secreta, notably at the Early Music Centre Festival, the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and at the National Gallery. As well as performing at London’s South Bank and the Wigmore Hall, she made many appearances throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. With The Lute Group and Astraea she also took part in Early music Network tours of the UK. For Roger Norrington’s Early Opera Project she performed the roles of Amore and Valletto in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea as well as First Boy in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the 1990 BBC Promenade Concerts, a project which was subsequently recorded. She made Early Music Network Tour of Britain in November 1991 with programme Filiae Jerusalem (sacred music for women's voices by Monteverdi, Carissimi, Cavalli, Viadna, Grandi and Marco da Gagliano). Other repertoire includes works by Marenzio, Luzzaschi, Wert, Luigi Rossi and the women composers Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi. She took part in lecture-recitals and workshops on performance practice and ornamentation.


Source: Liner notes to the CD ‘Vivaldi: Gloria & Ostro picta, Bach: Magnificat’ conducted by Richard Hickox (Chandos, 1991); International Who's Who in Music & International Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001, November 2005); Manfred Krugmann (Dates, June 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


BWV 227

Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen:
BWV 225-230

Richard Hickox


BWV 243

Paul McCreesh


Member of Gabrieli Consort:
Epiphany Mass:
BWV 65, BWV 180, BWV 233, BWV 238

Andrew Parrott


BWV 198, BWV 227, BWV 229, BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Raphi's Serious Singers List: Sopranos: Tessa Bonner
Tessa Bonner - Soprano (University of Soputhampton)

Obituary in The Independent
Obituary in The Guardian
Obituary in The Telegraph

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