Hers is a voice of remarkable
range and life, equally at home in the heights and in the loving low notes.
Soprano Rochelle Bard has been described as an ‘exquisite singing actress.' Specializing in bel canto and Verdi repertoire, Ms. Bard recently made her debut in the title role of Norma with Knoxville Opera, for which critics proclaimed her: 'beautifully constructed and achingly gorgeous delivery, at times soft as a whisper, and at others thrilling in its altitude…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.'
2019 includes exciting role and house debuts including Abigaille in Nabucco with Sarasota Opera, the title role in Aida with Washington Opera Society at the Egyptian Embassy, and the soprano solos in Carmina Burana at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. In the fall, she will perform the title role in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater. Recent performances include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa, the title role in Tosca with Opera Theater of Connecticut, and Carmina Burana with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The 2016/2017 season began with the ruthless Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Vermont, then Micaëla in Carmen in Connecticut, the title role in Tosca with MidAtlantic Opera in NJ, and the ill-fated queen in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda with Knoxville Opera. For her debut as Lady Macbeth, critics expressed: 'Her voice is rich and engaging, she is a wonder...This Lord and Lady engage each other with a sparkling intimacy that makes their 'road to hell' a very exciting one.'