Allyson McHardy

“McHardy has sumptuous mezzo tone, perfect French and noble bearing.”


As Julie Riel in Louis Riel

“added the lustre of her beautiful mezzo-soprano to the powerful maternalism of her character.”


As Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust

“In the abandoned Marguerite’s Romance McHardy sang beautifully with touching melancholy expression.”


As Sara in Roberto Devereux

“Allyson McHardy sang her aria “All’afflitto è dolce il pianto” so beautifully that the applause nearly brought the opera to a halt as soon as it began.”


As Ruggiero in Alcina

“… her warm amber-coloured contralto only grew in power and richness until a fantastically vital, swaggering account of “Sta nell’ircana pietrosa tana” filled with thrilling runs sealed her triumph in the role. It deservedly won the longest ovation of the evening.”


“McHardy has sumptuous mezzo tone, perfect French and noble bearing.”



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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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.


Latest Album


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.