Mary Bonhag, soprano made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing scenes from David T. Little’s new chamber opera Dog Days. She is an avid supporter of new music and has worked closely with numerous composers to premiere new works, most recently and frequently with NYC-based composer Lembit Beecher. She has performed as part of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 21st Century Consort, and participated in two residencies at Yellow Barn on György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments and a multi-media production of George Crumb’s Books of Madrigals. Ms. Bonhag has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Lembit Beecher, Evan Chambers, Shawn Jaeger, and Evan Premo, including his chamber opera The Diaries of Adam and Eve, premiered at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in 2007 and reprised in 2010.
Ms. Bonhag has a deep-rooted love of chamber music and has performed as part of the Fontana Chamber Arts Festival of Kalamazoo, MI, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Lancaster Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and SongFest as a full-scholarship Stern Fellow, among others. She has soloed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Bach Society, and the Lehigh University Orchestra.
Ms. Bonhag has been presented in recital at Smith, Goucher, and Dartmouth Colleges, as well as St. Gauden’s National Historical Site. After studying at the University of Michigan, she earned her Master’s degree at Dawn Upshaw’s graduate vocal program at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions. She currently lives in Vermont where she is the artistic director of Scrag Mountain Music, an innovative chamber music series with her husband double bassist/composer Evan Premo.