Native Arkansan soprano Bonnie Frauenthal, described as an “exemplary performer,” with a “silver voice” was praised in La Scena Musicale for her August 2016 role debut of Violetta in La Traviata with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. The article called her “a natural actress with a supple-voiced lyric sound, well-handled coloratura and a warm middle register.”
Beginning the 2017-2018 season she joined Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Opera Breve in Handel’s Xerxes as Atalanta and in Carmen as Micaela. She will spend the fall with Sarasota Opera as part of their La Traviata production as an Apprentice Artist. She has also graced the stages of Apotheosis Opera, Bronx Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Opera in the Rock, Opera in the Ozarks, Utopia Opera, and Main Street Opera. Some past favorite performances include the Countess in Capriccio, Mimi in La Bohème, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the title role of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.
In spring 2016 she was a featured performer at “Into the Blue,” a benefit recital with guest speaker President Bill Clinton. Additional honors and awards include the Trudy Oliphant Encouragement Award in 2012’s Tulsa District’s Regional Met Competition, New Horizons Scholarship at Aspen Music Festival, Finalist in the Northwestern University Concerto Competition, and third place winner of the Crescendo Music Award.
She holds a master of music degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music degree from Oklahoma City University, where she studied with W. Stephen Smith and Larry Keller.
Sarasota Apprentice Artist
Sarasota Opera, Fall 2017