On Friday, March 31, at 8 pm in McCulloch Auditorium, critically acclaimed soprano Mara Bonde '91 returns to her native South Hadley and alma mater to perform in the first concert of the music department's presentation of Women in the Arts—Mount Holyoke Alums Return!Accompanied by pianist Djordje Stevan Nesic, Bonde will present an "Evening of Song" with music by Handel, Mozart, Fauré, Poulenc, de Falla, and Britten.
Known for her electric stage presence and sweet purity of tone, Bonde has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances with the Utah, San Diego, Charlotte, New Haven, Stamford, Syracuse, Nashua, and Cape symphony orchestras, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and several performances with the Boston Pops. She was a national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the first-prize winner in the 2003 Annamaria Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Awards. Bonde has performed with numerous opera companies including Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, National Opera Company (Raleigh), and the Lake George Opera Festival, in works ranging from Mozart to Mollicone and Sullivan to Sondheim.
Upcoming concerts in the Women in the Arts—Mount Holyoke Alums Return!series will feature Alison Hale '75, flutist with the Portland Wind Trio, Friday April 21, and Sarah Davol '81, oboist, in the fall of 2006.
Funded by the Warbeke Memorial Concert Fund, all concerts are free and open to the public.