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