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. The busy 2014/15 season also included her first 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 returns to Middlebury in 2016 to perform the ruthless Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth, and will sing Micaëla in Carmen close to home in CT this summer.
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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*Will debut her second of queen in Donizetti's notorious trio, Maria Stuarda in April of 2017!
Recital at the College of the Holy Cross: free concert featuring the Rachmaninov Vocalise with Chamber Orchestra and arias and Americal songs, April 5th 8pm, 2016.
Role Debut of Lady Macbeth in Middlebury, VT, June 2016!
Will perform close to home as Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Theater of Connecticut, August 2016.
*Ms. Bard returns to Carnegie Hall on Saturday, October 17th!
*FROM BROADWAY TO THE MET! Concert Fundraiser for Haiti
Saturday September 19th, West Hartford, CT.
This concert raised about $6000 for our brothers and sisters in Haiti!