"The real wonder of the Bonn staging is the Octavian of Jane Bunnell. ...One believes this fabulous mezzo-soprano in every moment...It was a vocally full-bodied, warm and dramatic performance." -Rheinische Post. This was one of the many wonderful responses to Ms. Bunnell’s Octavian in Der Rosenkavalierat the Oper der Stadt Bonn. She recently made her debut with the Saito Kinen Festival as Auntie in Peter Grimes, conducted by Seiji Ozawa; and joined the Washington Opera’s tour to Japan, for appearances in Sly andOtello with Placido Domingo. Other recent engagements include Roméo et Juliette, Otello, I Vespri Siciliani, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le nozze di Figaro,Faust and Die Walküre with the Metropolitan Opera, and an appearance with the Boston Symphony as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer under James Levine.
In the 2010-2011 season, Ms. Bunnell will perform the role of Gertude inRomeo and Juliet with Dallas Opera and Gertude in Faust with San Diego Opera.
In 2009-2010, Ms. Bunnell made her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Marthe in Faust, and covered the Marquise of Berkenfield in La fille du régiment and Mary in Der fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera.
The summer of 2008 found Ms. Bunnell with the Boston Symphony Orchestraas Hecuba in performances of Berlioz's Les Troyens under James Levine. In the 2008-2009 season, she appeared as Teresa in the new Mary Zimmerman production of La Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast in high definition to movie theaters worldwide. Also with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Schwertleite in Die Walküre, and covered Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.
Ms. Bunnell’s long association with the Metropolitan Opera began with her critically acclaimed debut as Annio in La clemenza di Tito. She has appeared in many productions, notably Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Cosi fan tutte(Dorabella), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Les contes d’Hoffmann(Nicklausse), Madama Butterfly (Suzuki), Falstaff (Meg Page), Les Troyens(Ascagnio), Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryad), Otello (Emilia), Romeo et Juliette(Stephano), and Faust (Siebel). She has sung and recorded with theMetropolitan Opera Tebaldo in Don Carlo and a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, and reprised Emilia for the Metropolitan Opera Presents television broadcast. She recently added Hermia in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Varvara in Katya Kabanova to her Met repertoire, and has sung roles in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Sly, War and Peace,Parade, and The Great Gatsby. She sang Emilia in Otello for the opening night of the 2002/03 Metropolitan Opera season, and continued with appearances inLes Troyens, Parsifal and Ariadne auf Naxos.
Ms. Bunnell has appeared in a wide variety of roles with New York City Operaincluding Rosina, Suzuki, and Natalie in The Merry Widow. She was also featured in New York City Opera’s premieres of Argento’s Casanova and Mozart’s L’oca del Cairo, as well as its "Live From Lincoln Center" telecasts ofDie Zauberflöte and La rondine.
With Houston Grand Opera, she has performed Hänsel, Suzuki in the Ken Russell Madama Butterfly, and Smeton in Anna Bolena with Dame Joan Sutherland. She has sung Amneris in Aïda with Opera Roanoke; Auntie inPeter Grimes with the Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Suzuki with OperaPacific, Opera Festival of New Jersey and Lake George Opera; Tebaldo in Don Carlo with the Festival Casals; Hänsel with San Diego Opera; Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Dallas Opera; the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos withMinnesota Opera; Siebel in Faust with San Diego Opera; Smeton with Seattle Opera; Giovanna Seymour with Virginia Opera; Charlotte in Werther and Hänsel with Sarasota Opera; Nancy in Martha with both Chicago Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and Idamante in Idomeneo, Dorabella, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, all with Florida Grand Opera.
In Europe, Ms. Bunnell has sung Octavian at the Théatre du Capitole, Toulouse; Rosina at the Vienna Volksoper; Lucilla in La scala di seta at theSchwetzingen Festival for television and videodisc; and Ramiro in La finta giardiniera at the Oper der Stadt Köln.
In demand on the concert platform, Ms. Bunnell has been a frequent guest artist for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival; the Seattle Symphony; and the New York Chamber Orchestra at the 92nd Street Y. She has performed the the Verdi Requiem with the Berkshire Choral Festival; the Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony (under the direction of Robert Shaw), and the University Chorale at the University of Michigan.