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
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
Soprano Rochelle Bard has been described as an ‘exquisite singing actress.' Specializing in bel canto repertoire, Ms. Bard will debut as one of Donizetti's queens Maria Stuarda in 2017 and recently made her debut in the title role of Norma with Knoxville Opera. She debuted Leonora in Il Trovatore with Knoxville Opera, Donizetti's Queen Elizabeth 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 last season with Shreveport Opera, under the baton of Joe Illick and directed by Bill Florescu, and the Opera Company of Middlebury. She returned to Middlebury to perform the ruthless Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth, as well as Micaëla in Carmen in CT.
The 2018/2019 season includes her debut Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa and Abigaille in Nabucco with Sarasota Opera. She returns to Opera Theater of Connecticut as the title role in Tosca.
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 returns to Carnegie as a soloist with MidAtlantic Opera this fall in 'A Prayer for Peace', featuring Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. She also performed a concert of arias with the Opera Orchestra of New York and maestro Eve Queler at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
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LATE BREAKING NEWS:
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Role and company debut as Abigaille in Nabucco with Sarasota Opera in March of 2019!
Role debut of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa in 2018!
Rochelle will be returning to Knoxville in March of 2018 to be the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra!
The third time singing but the first time staged, she will perform the title role in Tosca, close to home in Clinton CT in the summer of 2018!
Made her debut as the second queen in Donizetti's notorious trio, Maria Stuarda in April of 2017!
MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES: Haiti Fundraiser, October 2017 in West Hartford CT . Update:
This concert raised about $6000 for our brothers and sisters in Haiti!