“McHardy has sumptuous mezzo tone, perfect French and noble bearing.”
“Allyson had the most lyrical music of the soloists and made the most of it.”
(Opera Ramblings, November 10th, 2017)
Allyson is thrilled to announce the beginning of her mentorship with Iranian soprano Shahrzad Dastoornezhad under the Toronto Arts Council Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program.read more
A unique vocal colour and commanding stage presence are the hallmarks of performances by mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy. Hailed by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of enormous imagination and versatility”, she has appeared with the Paris Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Glyndebourne Festival, San Francisco Opera, Boston Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Warsaw Philharmonic and Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse. Adam Fischer, Seiji Ozawa, Jeremy Rohrer, Kent Nagano, Emmanuelle Haim, Bernard Labadie, Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Kalmar and Jesus Lopez Cobos are among the conductors with whom she has collaborated for performances of works such as L’enfant et les sortileges, La clemenza di Tito, Das Rheingold, Dream of Gerontius and Messiah.
George Frideric Handel
The complete version of Orlando, considered to be one of Handel’s most successful operas, is presented for the first time on a Canadian label.