2006 – 2008
ROCHELLE BARD recently made her debut in the title role of Norma with Knoxville Opera for which she received critical acclaim.
Upcoming performances include Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Opera Company of Middlebury, as well as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Theater of Connecticut. In 2017, she will return to Knoxville Opera as another of Donizetti’s queens, Maria Stuarda.
Peformances in 2014-15 for Ms. Bard included her debut in the title role of Norma with Knoxville Opera, her debut as Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the cover for Ms. Mariella Devia as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux with the Opera Orchestra of New York. She performed Violetta in La traviata twice in Fall 2014 with Opera Company of Middlebury and Shreveport Opera, under the baton of Joe Illick and directed by Bill Florescu. In 2015, she returned to Knoxville Opera to debut the role of Leonore in Il trovatore.
On the concert stage, Ms. Bard recently 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.
Other recent engagements for Ms. Bard included the role of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Utah Festival Opera during the summer 2011. Performances during the 2011-12 season included appearances with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), and a concert with Opera Tampa. Ms. Bard also appeared as soprano soloist with the Wilmington Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and returned to California as a featured soloist with the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra in May 2012.
During the 2010-11 season, Ms. Bard appeared as Magda in Opera Tampa’s production of La rondine. Ms. Bard was also a featured soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. In Fall of 2009, Ms. Bard appeared in recital with husband Kenneth Mattice in Tolland, Connecticut.
Highlights of the 2008 – 2009 season featured Ms. Bard as Micaela (Carmen) with Ash Lawn Opera, Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow) for Altamura Center for the Arts and St. Petersburg Opera, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Idaho, Gilda (Rigoletto) for Rockland Opera, the Foreign Princess (Rusalka) with Boston Lyric Opera and Musetta (La bohème) with Sacramento Opera.
In May 2007, Ms. Bard won First Place in the Classical Singer Magazine’s Annual Competition, and was featured in a full-length article that appeared in the magazine. She was a finalist in the Semi-Finals of the Seoul International Music Competition in Korea, where she competed with singers from 16 different countries for two weeks in November, 2007.
Ms. Bard made her Opera San José debut as a principal artist of OSJ’s resident company in the roles of Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Violetta (La traviata) and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) during the 2006 – 2007 season. During her second year residency with the company, Ms. Bard performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda (Rigoletto), and Pamina (The Magic Flute).
In 2005, Ms. Bard was a Studio Artist with Baltimore Opera where she sang the roles of Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore) as well as covered the roles of the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). Other performances include Gilda (Rigoletto) with Cape Cod Opera, Anna Maurant (Street Scene) with Maine Grand Opera, the title role in The Merry Widow with New England Light Opera, Louise (La Vie Parisienne) with Opera Boston, Antonia (The Tales of Hoffman) with Longwood Opera and Cunegonde (Candide) with the New England Conservatory of Music. As a vocal fellow at Tanglewood, Ms. Bard performed a lead role in an acclaimed world premiere opera, Rage d’Amours, commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Bard was recently named a Winner in the George London Foundation Competition, Classical Singer Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and the San Francisco Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. She was also a National Finalist in the prestigious MacAllister Awards and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Competition.
For more information, please visit Ms. Bard’s website: http://www.rochellebard.com/