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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 singing actress.' Specializing in bel canto repertoire this season, Ms. Bard made her debut in the title role of Norma with Knoxville Opera. The 2014/15 season also included her debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore with Knoxville Opera, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux with the Opera Orchestra of New York, as the cover for Ms. Mariella Devia, and the title role of Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She performed Violetta in La Traviata twice this season with Shreveport Opera, under the baton of Joe Illick and directed by Bill Florescu, and the Opera Company of Middlebury.  In 2017, she will perform another of Donizetti's queens, the title role in Maria Stuarda.

      On the concert stage, Ms. Bard made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Vespers and performed a concert of arias with the Opera Orchestra of New York and maestro Eve Queler in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. She has been recognized with prestigious awards and grants from the Classical Singer Competition (1st place), Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition (2nd place), George London Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards (San Francisco and Boston), the Seoul International Competition, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition.  

       Ms. Bard's recent performances include the four heroines Olympia/ Antonia/ Giulietta/ Stella in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with West Bay Opera, Magda in La Rondine with Opera Tampa with Maestro Anton Coppola, the

title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Idaho, West Bay Opera and Opera San Jose, the title role in The Merry Widow with Opera Tampa, Utah Festival Opera, New England Light Opera, Altamura Center for the Arts, and St. Petersburg Opera, Mary Willis in Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Utah Festival Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Music by the Lake and Opera San Jose, Musetta in La Boheme with Sacramento Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Rockland Opera, Opera San Jose and Cape Cod Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with Ash Lawn Opera, 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.'

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.’

As four heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann:

‘Bard’s transformative ability is uncanny — I had to double check the program to make sure that they were all the same woman. Her appearance, her acting and singing were adjusted, in each case resulting in an astonishing display of versatility.’

            

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’

 

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

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LATE BREAKING NEWS:

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*FROM BROADWAY TO THE MET! Concert Fundraiser for Haiti

Saturday September 19th at 6pm, Church of St. Timothy, West Hartford, CT

*Role debut of Leonora in Il Trovatore with Knoxville Opera, April 2015!

*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!

*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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