years later, she was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan
Opera Auditions in New York, singing the roles of Lucia
and Musetta, under the name “Denise Bonnet”.
was accepted by Alberta Masiello, assistant conductor at the
Metropolitan, (and perennial panelist for the weekly radio
broadcasts) to study Italian opera roles and diction. Her
voice teacher was Sebastian Engelberg, a recognized authority
and effective teacher of vocal technique.
has performed as a soloist in the Mozart Requiem, Mozart C
Minor Mass, the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, and Handel’s
Jeptha. Her operatic roles have included Lucia, Musetta,
Juliette, The Queen of the Night, the Countess in Figaro, Hansel,
and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
has also performed chamber recitals in the tri-state area with
Montage, a guitar-voice-flute trio.
Europe, she was offered the role of Musetta in Frankfurt (ZBF,
agent,) and the role of Filina in Vienna (Gerstarker-Raab,
native French speaker, Denise especially likes to perform French
opera and art song.
Recordings of Denise singing are available below.
(also see her Videos page)
William Ashby, Piano;
Yalin Chi, Piano (on Denise's compositions);
Elizabeth Hastings, Piano (at Cami Hall);
Herbert Levine, Classical Guitar;
Peter Krauss, Organ.
Song playing is
Denise singing Salce (Willow song and Ave Maria) as Desdemona from Verdi's Othello.
Other Song Choices
are: Verdi's entire Salce; Cilea-Io Son L'umile Ancella; Donizetti-Regnava nel Silenzio;
Bassen-Lake Isle at Innisfree; Bassen-He and She; Bassen-Cradle Song (lyrics from 3 poems by W.B. Yeats );
Bassen-Full Fathom Five (lyric from Ariel's song in Shakespeare's "The Tempest"); Dowland-Flow My Tears;
Traditional-Nobody Knows (the Troubles I've Seen); Gershwin-The Man I Love;
Dowland-Come Heavy Sleep; Bach-Quia Respexit (Magnificat); Schubert-Tod und das Mädchen;
and Meyerbeer-Noble Seigneurs, Salut! (Les Huguenots)
… did full justice to the coloratura passages-
— Middletown Press
regal as the Countess
...sang in rich tones -
— Poughkeepsie Journal
extraordinary voice that displays a depth and richness throughout
her enormous range
… negotiates the most difficult passagework
an innate flexibility and
deep understanding of the material -
— William Glazier, professional accompanist, 2004