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Bonita Bachman-Granite - Mezzo Soprano
Mezzo Soprano, Bonita Granite, has sung professionally a wide repertoire in numerous locales; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Bruckner's Te Deum, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Opera-Concerts under the baton of Hans Mommer, at the Goethe Institute of Berlin in Bangkok; concerts and recitals in the Phillippines, Saigon, Bangkok. Bombay and the U.S. including Honolulu; La Cenerentola with the Honolulu Opera Theater under Robert LaMarchino; Hansel and Gretel with the German Cultural Institute under Edgar Schenkman in Bangkok; Sour Angelica and The Beggar's Opera in San Francisci with Charles Wilson during the Merola Opera program; orheus and Eurdice with Bangkok Opera Society; Il Tabarro and Cavalleria Rusticana in Philadelphia; and Otello with the opera Theater of New Jersey under Alfredo Silipigni. Mrs. Granite has both a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Indiana University in addition to extensive post graduate work. She has studied with Margaret Harshaw and Mme. Euphemia Gregory. Currently her teacher is Jolanda Meneguzzer of Florence, Italy. She participated in the Jugendfestspiel at Bayreuth, Germany and in Tito Gobbi's Opera Workshop in Florence. She has sung in master classes with Martial Singher, Elanor Steber, Jerome Hines as well as being selected to sing in the Merola Opera Program with the San Francisco Opera House study with Otto Guth. Her East Coast debut was with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in Un Balla In Maschera. Mrs. Granite has been a professor of voice at Rowan University since 1972 where she frequently sings recitals and gives master classes. Mrs. Granite is a winner of several significant awards; Metropolitan Opera Council Further Study Award; Distinguished performer's award (Minna Kaufmann Rudd Foundation); San Francisco Opera Auditions finalist; Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Auditions finalist (Pan-Pacific); Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Finalist, New York City; Outstanding young Woman of the Year in Hawaii. Mrs. Granite is a native of Iowa but has lived in Hawaii, the Phillippines (as a member of the Peace Crops) and Thailand. She recently studied in Denmark -- the land of her ancestors.