Soprano Rochelle Bard has been described as an ‘exquisite’ and ‘poignant’ singing actress. Prestigious U.S. and International vocal competitions have recognized Ms. Bard, who was awarded 2nd Place in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and First Place and Audience Choice in the Classical Singer Competition. She was also winner in the George London Foundation Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards (San Francisco), and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. Subsequently, she had her Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall at the annual Puccini Gala,
and in Weill Hall at Carnegie for the Gerda Lissner Winners Concert .
The 2014 season has three debuts in store including the title role in Norma with Knoxville Opera, her mainstage Carnegie Hall debut with MidAmerica productions in Beethoven's Mass in C and Mozart vespers, the title role in Tosca in concert with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Season performances will also include the Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury, Brahms Requiem with Farmington Valley Chorale, and Beethoven Mass in C with Chorus North Shore
Ms. Bard's recent performances have included her debuts as Magda in La Rondine with Opera Tampa and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Utah Festival Opera,as well as the title role in The Merry Widow with both Opera Tampa & Utah Festival Opera, Mary Willis in Cold Sassy Tree with Sugarcreek Symphony, Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with West Bay Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with the Music by the Lake summer festival, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with West Bay Opera and Opera Idaho, Micaëla in Carmen with Ash Lawn Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Rockland Opera, Musetta in La Boheme with Sacramento Opera, the title role in The Merry Widow with St. Petersburg Opera Company, and the Foreign Princess in Rusalka with Boston Lyric Opera,
for which Opera News deemed her:
‘a deliciously evil enchantress, conveying the haughty cruelty
of the Foreign Princess with a bright, crystalline soprano.'
Earlier in her career as an Artist in Residence with Opera San José, Ms. Bard was acclaimed for her performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Violetta in La Traviata, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette For her performance of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the San Francisco Classical Voice praised her 'impeccable pianissimos'.
Opera critics are hailing ‘Rochelle Bard is a sensational Lucia!' See Reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle raved:
'Her account of the famous final mad scene was a knockout- fluid, precisely etched and marked by a
haunting sense of vulnerability.’
The Idaho Statesman wrote of her most recent performance of Lucia:
‘Bard surprised the audience throughout the performance with her rich, flexible and fluid voice, and the depth of emotion and character she brought to Lucia. Her mad scene was a marvel. The duet with the flute was flawless and beautifully mesmerizing’
In the 06/07 season, her performances as Violetta in La Traviata proved to be an exciting debut. Critics described her performances as:
'stunningly poignant', with 'beauty and exquisite femininity'
and a ' powerful and creamy coloratura soprano voice
that seared the audience's consciousness'.
In 2005, as a Studio Artist with Baltimore Opera Company, Ms. Bard sang the roles of Barbarina in Le Nozze
di Figaro and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, and covered Giulietta in Les Contes
She has also appeared on the stages of Tanglewood, New
England Light Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Opera
Boston, Maine Grand Opera, Longwood Opera, and Opera
Lirica di Orvieto, Italy. Other operatic roles include the title role in The Merry Widow,
Cunegonde in Candide, and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, among others.
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Ms. Bard's Biography here.>>