Jillian Bonner is a mezzo soprano from New Brunswick, Canada. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Music (Voice Performance) program at the University of Manitoba, where she studied with Tracy Dahl. In fall 2016, she briefly relocated to Kitchener, Ontario to study with mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber thanks to a Career Development grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board.
She has sung with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem, 2015) as the alto soloist, and Symphony Nova Scotia (Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, 2009) as the soprano soloist. Jillian was invited to sing with the University of Manitoba Wind Orchestra in 2015 and 2016, and was a winner of the Winnipeg Music Festival Rose Bowl in 2015. Also in 2015, she was a winner at the North Dakota-Manitoba District Metropolitan Opera Council auditions, and sang in the Upper Midwest Regionals. In 2017, she was awarded an Encouragement award from the Toronto-Buffalo district of the MONC.
Recent roles include Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music (Dry Cold Productions, 2016); Hansel in Hansel & Gretel (Little Opera Company, 2015); Angelina in La Cenerentola (University of Manitoba Opera Workshop & Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julian Pellicano, 2015). This spring, Jillian looks forward to performing with Saskatoon Opera in their school tour of Dean Burry’s Bremen Town Musicians (Dog), and Opera NUOVA’s production of Cunning Little Vixen (Fox). In their 2017-2018 season, Jillian will be joining Calgary Opera as one of their Emerging Artists.