De la Hunty has date with destiny
FAR from the mainstream crowd, Bonnie de la Hunty is a rare and special breed.
From the age of nine, she knew what her destiny would bring.
It would involve the music of her idols: classical superstars Wolfgang Mozart and Franz Schubert. She would be an opera singer. “I love being able to express myself and sing music that was written such a long time ago, to still find meaning in that and communicate it with an audience,” de la Hunty said.
Now 21, and never wavering from her dream, the Peppermint Grove songbird and WAAPA graduate has received a scholarship to study her Masters of Music in Classical Voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She embarks on her new adventure in September. “I’m so looking forward to going over there and learning and being surrounded by the culture of London: there is so much music and so much to see,” de la Hunty said.
“I’ll be learning with some really great teachers and it will be a fun place to be.
De la Hunty – hailing from a family of doctors – visited the history-enriched hub for the first time in December for the Academy trials.
“I auditioned at four different conservatories and at each I had to do a live audition, sing a few songs and complete interviews,” she said. “About six girls from my year at WAAPA in the classical voice department are going to the UK next year (to attend various conservatories), so I’ll have a few friends there.”
De la Hunty has taken on several jobs, including singing teacher, medical receptionist and maths tutor, in an effort to raise money for the hefty student fees and living costs of the two-year course.
She performs a fundraising concert this week featuring songs and arias from the baroque to the romantic periods.
Bonnie de la Hunty has a fundraising concert to help finance her overseas studies, with special guests to include David Wickham (piano), Stewart Smith (organ), Brent Grapes (trumpet) and Ashley Arbuckle (violin).