Associate Professor, Coordinator of Voice Area, Music Theater Workshop
B.M., M.M., Emporia State University; D.M.A., University of Kansas
Mary Brown Bonacci (mezzo-soprano) has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera Ozarks. New England audiences have seen her with the Granite State Opera, (Rosina in Barber of Seville, Mercedes in Carmen, Mary Stone in The Devil and Daniel Webster), Salt Marsh Opera (Suzuki in Madama Butterfly), and in concert with the Arcadia Players (Lord Nelson, Weinachts Oratorium, Messiah), Hampshire Choral Society (Haydn St. Cecilia, Bach B Minor Mass, Mendelssohn Paulus), as well as the Westfield State University Festival Chorus (Mozart C minor Mass, Magnificat, Brukner Te Deum, Messiah).
Abroad, she has performed with Opera Perigord (La Perichole) in France, and the NYU New Music Ensemble in Italy. She can also be seen as Mary, Queen of Heaven in the PBS television recording of Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women, and assisting violist Joel Lipton in his documentary performance of the Brahms zwei Gesange. Dr. Brown Bonacci has served on faculty of Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, Millikin University and Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and Amherst College. Currently, she serves as coordinator of the voice area at Westfield State University teaching voice curriculum and music theatre workshop.