Dominican-American Mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti makes her company debut with Opera San José this season. Hailed by Opera Today as “a warm, supple mezzo that struck all the right impressions,” Bonetti is a versatile singer whose experience encompasses a mix of new works, large traditional operas, and concerts. In 2024, Bonetti will appear as Lola in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with the Helena Symphony. Recent highlights include the lead role in New Latin Wave and National Sawdust’s premiere of Paraíso by Sokio and Natasha Tiniacos and appearances as mezzo-soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall for Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, as well as soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert of Ancient Tang Poems with the I Sing International Festival. Bonetti has worked as an educator in various musical outreach and community programs throughout the New York City area with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Brooklyn Music School, and the Bronx School for Music.