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NEWS FLASH:

The critics are talking! Excerpts from reviews of Rochelle Bard as Norma with Knoxville Opera and Violetta in La Traviata in Middlebury, VT:

            'Bard was magnificent in her debut as the chief Druid priestess,

Norma, handling the visceral lows with richness and intent and the highs

with confidence wrapped in a tender but brilliant softness.

Equally important, she carried off the dramatic contrast between the

grandeur of confident matriarchal strength and the rage of a spurned woman with as much believability as can be wrung out of the role.

       Although one expects great things from Norma’s Act I aria, “Casta diva,” Bard surprised even me with a beautifully constructed and achingly gorgeous delivery, at times soft as a whisper, and at others thrilling in its altitude.

Her ability with coloratura details ranged from enticing to lyrical,

without a hint of ostentation so common in divas of yore.

   Clearly, this should be the first of many Normas for Bard.' 

                                                                                        Alan Sherrod, Metro Pulse Magazine  4/14/14

Opera Company of Middlebury presented its “concert version” of Verdi’s “La Traviata”, a version that packed more wallop than most fully staged productions. (This afternoon’s second and final performance is sold out, as was Friday’s.)  Setting the action in front of the orchestra gave the singers a more direct relationship with the audience. Placing the singers in front the orchestra, deftly conducted by music director Emmanuel Plasson, also gave it an intimate feel musically. It was very direct musical theater.

And musical theater is what soprano Rochelle Bard, who played Violetta, is all about. Bard became Violetta by not only convincing acting, she incorporated the character
and her joys and woes into her vocal delivery, much in the way that made Maria Callas a legend.

Jim Lowe, Vermont Today 10/5/14

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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 several debuts in store including the title role in Norma with Knoxville Opera, the cover for Mariella Devia as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux with the Opera Orchestra of New York, her mainstage Carnegie Hall debut in Beethoven's Mass in C and Mozart vespers, and the title role in Tosca in concert with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Season performances also include the Messiah with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury, a concert of arias with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler at Alice Tully Hall, and Violetta in La Traviata with Shreveport Opera.

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 d’Hoffmann.

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.

Read more of Ms. Bard's Biography here.>>

LATE BREAKING NEWS:

See Schedule page for details...

*Musicians Emergency Fund sponsors a concert of aria with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York, featuring Ms. Bard at Alice Tully Hall in Sept. 2014!

*Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury in autumn in VT on October 3 and 5th, 2014, and a reprise of the role with Shreveport Opera, Nov 2014.

*Ms. Bard is delighted to announce that she will debut with Knoxville Opera in the title role of Norma by Bellini in April 2014!

*Carnegie Hall Debut! June 3rd, 2014 as the soloist in Beethoven Mass in C and Mozart vespers.

*Role debut of Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony in March 2014!

* In honor of Maestro Anton Coppola, Ms. Bard will be one of the featured soloists in his Fond Farewells Concert in Tampa, FL. You will hear music from the greatest operas, including La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Forza del Destino, Romeo et Juliette and more.



   
 
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