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With The Royal Opera, Madeleine featured in the BBC series, 'Maestro at the Opera', singing Musetta in John Copley's famous staging of La Boheme.
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Madeleine recently jumped in as Musetta for Nuccia Focile at The Royal Opera
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Lyric Soprano, Madeleine Pierard was a Jette Parker Young Artist with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2010 to 2012.
She began as a pianist in Napier, New Zealand and later as a member of The New Zealand Youth Choir, The Tudor Consort and Voices New Zealand. After completing studies at Victoria University of Wellington (reading Musicology, Composition and Biomedical Science), she completed her MMus at the RCM International Opera School in London. Madeleine was also a 2009/10 trainee at the National Opera Studio in London, sponsored by The Royal Opera. She has won a number of awards during her London residency, notably the Lies Askonas Prize, the Great Elm Award at the Wigmore Hall, The Les Azuriales Ozone Opera Competition in France and the Singer’s Award at the Royal Overseas League Competition. Madeleine is also a New Generation Artist with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and winner of the 2005 Lexus Song Quest. She studies with soprano, Yvonne Kenny.
Madeleine feels very at home on the opera stage: In 2008, she was named as ‘What’s Hot’ by the international Opera Now magazine. Past roles at the RCM include Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cherubino, Prince Charmant (Cendrillon) and Thaïs. Professionally, Madeleine has sung the roles Justice (The First Commandment) with the Classical Opera Company, Das erste Blumenmädchen (Parsifal) and Marzelline (Fidelio) with NBR New Zealand Opera, Musetta (La Boheme) with Longborough Festival Opera and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) with Auckland Opera Studio. With The Royal Opera, Madeleine has sung Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel), High Priestess (Aida), Noémie (Cendrillon), Nymph (Rusalka), Slave (Salome) and Musetta in Copley’s production of La Boheme. Whilst at The Royal Opera, she has covered the roles of Donna Anna, Musetta, Leila (The Pearl Fishers) and Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride). Madeleine has also featured as a soloist with The Royal Ballet this season, both in Fauré’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria.
Future roles include Fiordiligi in New Zealand and Costanza in the ROH Production of Haydn's L'Isola Disabitata in Tasmania.
Madeleine has performed extensively on the concert platform throughout NZ and the UK: Notable oratorio soloist performances include Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass as St Martin-in-the-Fields under Ivor Setterfield, Verdi’s Requiem with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Haydn’s Creation in the King’s Lynn Festival and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and the Poulenc Stabat Mater at The Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonia. Madeleine has also debuted in recital at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, appeared with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jonathan Lemalu in recitals in Jersey and London, in a sell-out recital series in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Simon Lepper and as soloist on tour with the NZSO in China. In September, Madeleine toured with the NZSO under Pietari Inkinen with other soloists, Jonathan Lemalu and Simon O’Neill in a series of concerts during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and a commissioned work by NZ composer, Gareth Farr. In August 2012, she will embark on a 10-centre recital tour throughout New Zealand with her sister, mezzo-soprano, Anna Pierard and pianist, Terence Dennis.
Along with opera, Madeleine has a particular interest in performing contemporary works, premiering Symphony No. 2 written for her by New Zealand composer, Ross Harris with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2006. Madeleine has also completed two recordings with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under James Judd, featuring works by Lyell Cresswell and Beethoven works for soprano and orchestra for the Naxos Label.
Click here for Madeleine's detailed Curriculum Vitae (in printable pdf format).