News & Reviews

The Ligeti Requiem with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony

“Stepping forward for the Sequentia were soprano Audrey Luna and mezzo Allyson McHardy to heroically accomplish the vocal cliff-diving of Ligeti’s absurdly spaced intervals…McHardy brought a fullness and warmth that hinted at a vanished world of comfort.” (Backtrack, June 25 2017)

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Review of Mahler 2 with the Niagara Symphony

“Allyson McHardy’s mezzo-soprano was warm and inviting. She began the fourth movement with the gentle caress of her voice. Her interpretation of the fifth-movement text “Dein ist, ja dein” was strong and certain.” (The Whole Note, May 24 2017)

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Dora Nominations for Louis Riel

The Canadian Opera Company’s production of Louis Riel has been nominated in multiple categories for the 2017 Dora awards, including Peter Hinton for Outstanding Direction, Russell Braun for Outstanding Male Performance and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

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Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LA Master Chorale and Grant Gershon.
“Allyson McHardy’s plangent mezzo-soprano was heartwarming in Agnus Dei.”
(Classical Voice, January 23 2017)

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As Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at the Grant Park Music Festival

“Marguerite doesn’t show up until the second half in Berlioz’s version but Allyson McHardy made the most of her belated appearance as Faust’s doomed beloved. Resplendent in a midnight-blue gown, McHardy’s high mezzo-soprano proved apt for this Gallic idiom. The Canadian singer brought inner feeling and refined lovely tone to the King of Thule ballad…

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As Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with the Vancouver Opera

“Suzuki…poignantly portrayed by Allyson McHardy” (Vancity buzz, 7 March 2016)
“As Suzuki, Butterfly’s servant and only confidant, mezzo Allyson McHardy makes the most of her telling supporting role” (Vancouver Sun, 6 March 2016)

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As Suzuki in the Opéra de Montréal’s Madama Butterfly

“Among the other principal roles, the discovery of two beautiful and powerful dark voices: the Canadian mezzo Allyson McHardy and the American baritone Morgan Smith, she in the role of the servant Cio-Cio-San, he as the American consul. Moreover, the young McHardy brings to this secondary role much more power and humanity that one usually sees in this character.” (La Presse, 20 September 2015)

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“Allyson McHardy held court with a gilded mezzo-soprano tone that has set her apart from her contemporaries.”
- Toronto Star