News that Bonney was planning to resume her career first came out in Germany this past March, when the Rheingau Music Festival announced that she would take over an August 16 recital date that baritone Thomas Hampson had been obliged to cancel.
Last summer Bonney unexpectedly withdrew from all of her future concert and opera dates, including a run in the Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito that was just about to begin and a December 2006 duo recital tour of the U.S. with mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager.
A brief statement dated August 1, 2006 on the website of IMG Artists, the firm which had managed Bonney's career, said only that "due to personal circumstances, she will not be performing for the foreseeable future" and that "Ms. Bonney is no longer represented by IMG Artists."
Happily, worries about Bonney's health now seem to have been unfounded.
"I am very happy to be performing again," the soprano told Playbill Arts by e-mail. "It was necessary for me to take some time off in order to cope with a difficult divorce, and I took the opportunity to give my voice a much-needed rest. I have taken a position as Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, but will also sing concerts and Lied recitals."
Bonney has a new management firm as well: Michael Storrs Music Ltd., based in London. What's more, she has a new and rather unusual recording out. Welcome to the Voice, released in May on the Deutsche Grammophon label, has Bonney co-starring with rockers Sting and Elvis Costello and opera colleagues Amanda Roocroft and Sara Fulgoni, with the Brodsky String Quartet joining in as well, in what Amazon.com describes as a "Singspiel/dramatic oratorio" by composer Steve Nieve (Costello's longtime keyboardist) and librettist Muriel Teodori.
For contractual reasons Bonney was unable to tell Playbill Arts anything about future engagements. (That means, of course, that there are some, which is good news.) So, for now, her next scheduled concert is the August 16 Rheingau recital, at which she will perform art songs by both Robert and Clara Schumann as well as Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss. But — as the Mozart Requiem at Verbier demonstrated — circumstances could bring her back to the concert stage even sooner.