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Orlando
George Frideric Handel

Karina Gauvin, Amanda Forsythe - sopranos
Allyson McHardy - mezzo-soprano
Owen Willets, countertenor
Nathan Berg - bass
Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Alexander Weimann - conductor

Label: ATMA Classique
Catalogue No: ACD22678
Release date: 2013

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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. Singing the title role is the English countertenor Owen Willetts, a rising figure on the international scene. He is joined by the American soprano Amanda Forsythe, and several of the finest Canadian singers: Karina Gauvin, Allyson McHardy, and Nathan Berg. Under the direction of renowned conductor and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, the The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is recognized as one of Canada's most exciting and innovative ensembles performing "early music for modern ears."


 
La Conversione di Clodoveo, Rè di Francia
Antonio Caldara

Suzie LeBlanc, Nathalie Paulin - sopranos
Allyson McHardy - mezzo-soprano
Matthew White - countertenor
Le Nouvel Opéra
Alexander Weimann - conductor

Label: ATMA Classique
Catalogue No: ACD22505
Release date: 2011

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La Conversione di Clodoveo is scored for four solo voices and an ensemble of strings and winds. The all-Canadian cast on this recording features mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy in the role of Clodoveo.

This recording has been nominated for an 2011 Opus Prize: Album of the Year - Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. Founded in 1996 by the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Opus Prize reflects excellence in Quebec's dynamic music scene.

 

PRESS EXCERPTS

"Allyson McHardy's strong, finely focused mezzo is equally impressive in Clovis's bellicose extrovert arias and his luminous final invocation of divine love -- which is one of the oratorio's highlights." (Gramophone, October 2011)

"Allyson McHardy's Clodoveo smoothly relays clarion vigor and dignified repentance." (Opera News, August 2011)

"The artistry of the ensemble and the vocal beauty of these four voices and their marvellous interpretive skills in conveying dramatic changes are remarkable. McHardy is a superb foil as the forceful warrior to Paulin's tender charms as wife, LeBlanc's patient and saintly monk and White's steadfast captain. The small size of the ensemble and Weimann's direction from the harpsichord and organ provides a masterful but sensitive accompaniment, allowing these superb voices to shine through brilliantly." (Wholenote)


Norma
Vincenzo Bellini

Hasmik papian - soprano (Norma)
Allyson McHardy - mezzo-soprano (Adalagisa)
Zoran Todorovich - tenor (Pollione)
Anna Lubanska - mezzosoprano (Clotilde)
Adam Zdunikowski - tenor (Flavio)
Janusz Monarcha - bass (Orowist)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Antoni Wit - conductor

Label: Filharmonia Narodowa
Catalogue No: FNACD 001/10
Release date: 2010


 
The Art Songs
Mykola Lysenko

Albert Krywolt, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Monica Whicher, Allyson McHardy, Krisztina Szabó, Elizabeth Turnbull, Benjamin Butterfield, Michael Colvin, Russell Braun, Robert Gleadow, Mia Bach, Serouj Kradjian, Douglas Stewart & Roman Borys.

Label: Musica Leopolis
6 CD set
Release date: 2010

Mykola Lysenko, Ukraine's preeminent composer of the 19th century; the most comprehensive collection of 124 art songs recorded on 6 CDs by today's greatest classical musicians. Featuring A Poet's Love, Lysenko's song cycle composed to the poetry of Heinrich Heine and inspired by Schumann's Dichterliebe song cycle. Recorded at Toronto's prestigious Glenn Gould Studio by Pavlo Hunka


 
Serinette
Harry Somers
Opera with libretto by James Reaney

Mehgan Atchinson, Sally Dibblee, Lambroula Maria Pappas - sopranos
Allyson McHardy, Marcia Swanston - mezzo-sopranos
Michael Colvin, David Pomeroy - tenors
Alain Coulombe - bass
Canadian Chamber Ensemble
Victor Feldbrill - conductor

Label: Centrediscs
Catalogue No: CMCCD12306
Release date: 2006

Serinette is the sixth in a special series of Centrediscs CDs entitled A Window on Somers celebrating and devoted to the music of one of Canada's foremost composers. This recording features Somers' 2-act opera Serinette, the composer's fifth opera, his "penultimate work in the genre".

Serinette was nominated for a 2002 JUNO: Best Classical Composition


 
A Midwinter Night's Dream
Harry Somers
A Children's Opera, with libretto by Tim Wynne-Jones

Allyson McHardy - mezzo-soprano
Michael Colvin - tenor
James Westman - baritone
John Michael Schneider - singer
Matthew Galloway - actor
Heather Hudyma, Claire Hughes, Larissa Swenarchuk, Alexandra Beley, Shannon Gault
Canadian Children's Opera Chorus
Claire Preston - piano
Daniel Morphy - percussion
Ann Cooper Gay - conductor

Label: Centrediscs
Catalogue No: CMCCD 12306
Release date: 2006

A Midwinter Night's Dream - something old and forever new. Composer Harry Somers and librettist Tim Wynne-Jones, two of our greatest Canadian creators, teamed up to write this children's opera. A brilliant contemporary story of the North mixed with elements of legend. A score that blends music based on Inuit singing, North American musical theatre and popular music as naturally as only a master like Somers can deliver. It has at its core something important to say to children everywhere.

"...a wonderful thing, and I congratulate all involved for a fine, professional job. Music educators should take notice, but so should all lovers of good chamber opera. I enjoyed this immensely." (American Record Guide)