Bonita Di Bello, Violin
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1979
Education: University of the Arts, Philadelphia
What work coming up in future seasons are you are most looking forward to performing?
I'm looking forward to next season’s Marriage of Figaro. As a member of the 2nd violin section of the Lyric Orchestra, the operas of Mozart offer some of the most interesting and musically challenging parts.
With which other orchestra have you performed?
I was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony for four years before joining the Lyric Opera Orchestra. I played there from 1975-1978.
Outside of the pit:
I like to spend time with my family: my husband, Joe, a double bass player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, our daughter, Giovanna, a medical assistant with North Shore University Health System, and our daughter, Gina, a violinist with the CSO and her husband, Ian, a percussionist whom she met while both were members of the Detroit Symphony. Other members of our family include our Sheltie, Lily and our cat, Bella.
My favorite travel destination:
Last year, my husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise; our first cruise, and truly spectacular. We would like to plan another cruise, either to somewhere in the Caribbean or Hawaii.