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Bonaventura Bottone


  • Bonaventura Bottone's Menelaus gives a master class in the delivery of text
    The Daily Telegraph
  • Bottone has a strong, succulent tenor, capable of catching every insidious nuance of Loge's crafty plots
    Chicago Sun Times
  • With seasoned veterans like Bonaventura Bottone supplying lively cameos, it’s an immensely enjoyable night.
    The Times
  • . . . a superb actor with a strong lyrical voice . . .
    New Grove Dictionary of Opera
  • Bonaventura Bottone trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was later awarded a fellowship in 1998.  He has performed with major opera companies all over the world, most notably the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Opéra de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston Grand Opera, Santiago di Chile, Opera Queensland, La Fenice, La Scala, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

    His operatic repertoire consists of over a hundred leading roles, including La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Ballo in Maschera, Der Rosenkavalier, Rigoletto, Capriccio, Viaggio a Reims, Eugene Onegin, Das Rheingold, Die Meistersinger, Andrea Chénier, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale,  L’elisir d’amore, Candide, Die Fledermaus, L’heure espagnole, Conte Ory, Les Huguenots, Il Tabarro, La Traviata, Otello, Troilus and Cressida, Falstaff, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Favorita, Il Seraglio, Salome, Adriana Lecouvreur and The Damnation de Faust.
    Bonaventura’s recordings include Die Fledermaus with Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland, Lucia di Lammermoor with Edita Gruberova and Alfredo Kraus, Faust et Hélène by Lili Boulanger, Hugh the Drover, The Mikado with Eric Idle, and Candide, Der Zerbrochene Krug, A Little Night Music, Street Scene, The Student Prince and Otello with Charles Craig. 

    Recent performances include Benda The Jacobin and Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor at Buxton Festival, Nick La Fanciulla del West for Opera North, Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier in a concert performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelson, On Wenlock Edge with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and collaborations with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Plans include Tsar Berendev Snowmaiden in his return to Opera North.

    • Lucia di Lammermoor, Buxton Festival
      July 2015

      Bonaventura Bottone brought wit and style to his Arturo, checking his watch, for example, when his bride was late.
      Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine
      Bonaventura Bottone a class act, as ever, as the unfortunate Arturo.
      Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News
      Bonaventura Bottone made something creepily believable of Arturo.
      Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk
      There was also a fine cameo performance, as the ill-fated Arturo, from the veteran English tenor Bonaventura Bottone, still a class act well into his 60s.
      David Mellor, Mail on Sunday
      Bonaventura Bottone was interesting casting as Arturo. Rather older than most singers in the role, this Arturo was clearly the head of the rival family with whom Enrico was keen to ally himself. Bonaventura Bottone's entry in Act Two was a brilliant piece of scene setting.
      Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
      Natalie Sinnott sang with warm steady tone and acted her role well as did Bonaventura Bottone singing strongly as an appropriately elderly suitor for Lucia.
      Robert J Farr, Seen and Heard International
    • The Jacobin (Dvořák)
      Buxton Festival, July 2014

      Her father, the schoolmaster Benda, vainglorious, yet with a heart of gold, resists caricature in Bonaventura Bottone’s irresistible performance.
      Hilary Finch, The Times
      Benda, brought to life by Bonaventura Bottone.
      George Hall, The Guardian
      Benda, the music teacher, is endearingly portrayed by Bonaventura Bottone: this is a part that could easily be mugged and cheapened, but Bottone gives the character dignity without underselling the pedantry.
      Andrew Clark, The Financial Times
      Benda, the bustling schoolmaster, was affectionately sung by Bonaventura Bottone, his performance a masterclass in creating a character role.
      Mark Pullinger,
      Benda, a fussy and lovable comic character splendidly realised by Bonaventura Bottone.
      Philip Radcliffe,
      Bonaventura Bottone was excellent as Benda, the choirmaster: fussy, caring, lovable and funny.
      Mavis Kirkham, Derbyshire Times
      As Benda the music master, Bonaventura Bottone was a delight. Fussy, sycophantic towards the Steward, full of enthusiasm towards his music, and singing with fine strength and diction.
      Mark Ronan,
    • La Fanciulla del West (Puccini), Opera North
      Grand Theatre Leeds, January 2014

      With seasoned veterans like Bonaventura Bottone and Graeme Danby supplying lively cameos, it’s an immensely enjoyable night in the (moderately) Wild West.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      The smaller roles – especially Bonaventura Bottone’s bartender Nick – are just as sharply defined.
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
      Among cameos, Bonaventura Bottone’s Nick stood out.
      Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
      Lesser roles are finely taken too. Bonaventura Bottone’s lively bartender… lends depth to the central trio.
      Martin Dreyer, The York Post
      Bonaventura Bottone’s sympathetic Nick the bartender is admirable.
      Ron Simpson,
    • La Belle Helene
      English National Opera

      Bonaventura Bottone's Menelaus gives a master class in the delivery of text.
      The Daily Telegraph
      Bonaventura Bottone is a crystal-clear Menelaus
      The Guardian
  • Bonaventura Bottone’s Opera Repertoire

    Eugene d'Albert
    • Tiefland (Nando)
    • The Damnation of Faust (Faust)
    • Les Troyens (Iopas, Hylas)
    • Candide (Grand Inquisitor, Captain, Immigration Officer, Vanderdendur, Ragotsky)
    • Glorianna (Spirit of the Masque)
    • Peter Grimes (Bob Boles)
    • Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)
    Gavin Bryars
    • Dr. Ox's Experiment (Dr. Ox)
    • Adrianna Lecouvreur (L'Abate di Chazeuil)
    Gilbert & Sullivan
    • Patience (Duke of Dunstable)
    • Andrea Chenier (The Incredible)
    • Makropulos Case (Vitek, Count Hauk-Šendorf)
    • The Cunning Little Vixen (The Schoolmaster)
    • The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta)
    • I Pagliacci (Beppe)
    • Die Zauverflöte (Monostatos)
    • Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio)
    • La belle Hélène (Menelaus)
    • Les contes d'Hoffmann (Spalanzani)
    • Orpheus in the Underworld (John Styx, Pluto)
    • The Love for Three Oranges (Truffaldino)
    • War and Peace (Major Domo, Bonnet, Adjutant de Compans)
    • Fanciulla del West (Nick)
    • Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo)
    • Madama Butterfly (Goro)
    • Il Tabarro (Tinca)
    • Turandot (Pong)
    • L'Heure Espagnol (Torquemada)
    • Conte Ory (Conte Ory)
    • Viaggio a Reims (Conte Liebenskoff)
    • William Tell (The Fisherman)
    • Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Zinovy)
    • Sweeney Todd (Pirelli)
    Johann Strauss
    • Die Fledermaus (Alfred)
    Richard Strauss
    • Ariadne auf Naxos (Brigella)
    • Capriccio (Italian Tenor)
    • Der Rosenkavalier (Italian Tenor)
    • Salome (First Jew)
    • Eugene Onegin (Monsieur Triquet)
    • Zerbrockene Krug (Licht)
    • Falstaff (Bardolph, Caius)
    • Das Rheingold (Loge)

    Bonaventura Bottone’s Concert Repertoire

    • B Minor Mass
    • Christmas Oratorio
    • Wachet Auf
    • St John Passion
    • Mass in C
    • Symphony No. 9
    • Mass in D
    • Te Deum
    • Requiem
    • Grand Messe Des Mortes
    • Rejoice in the Lamb
    • St Nicholas
    • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast
    • Stabat Mater
    • Requiem
    • Dream of Gerontius
    • Sixth Chandos Anthem
    • Dettingen Te Deum
    • Messiah
    • Acis and Galatea
    • Jeptha
    • Seasons
    • Imperial Mass
    • Paukenmesse
    • The Creation
    • Nelson Mass
    • Psalmus Hungaricus Op. 13
    • Elijah
    • Liverpool Oratorio
    • Litaniae Laurentanae
    • Requiem
    • Mass in C
    • Vespers
    • Carmina Burana
    • Messa di Gloria
    • The Bells
    • Stabat Mater
    • Petite Messe Solennelle
    • Crucifixion
    • Requiem
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