Part-time Professor - Voice
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, Théâtre Capitole du Toulouse, the Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Symphony, Glyndebourne Festival, San Francisco Opera, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, Les Violons du Roy and St. Louis Symphony. Kent Nagano, Trevor Pinnock, Johannes Debus, Emmanuelle Haïm, Alexander Shelley, Seiji Ozawa, Jeremy Rohrer, Bernard Labadie, and Carlos Kalmar are among the conductors with whom she has collaborated in such works as L’enfant et les sortileges, La Clemenza di Tito, Matthäus-Passion, Das Rheingold, Hippolyte et Aricie, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Dream of Gerontius and Messiah.
Her discography includes the JUNO nominated Summer Night from CASP/Centredisc, Orlando with the Paciﬁc Baroque Orchestra and Alexander Weimann (ATMA), Caldara’s Clodoveo, Re di Francia (ATMA), Bellini’s Norma (Philharmonia Narodowa), and Somers’ Serinette and A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Centrediscs).
Allyson holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Diploma in Opera from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has given masterclasses across the country including Vancouver Academy of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Calgary Opera, and Pacific Opera Victoria. She has served as an adjudicator for the Glenn Gould School and Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec. In collaboration with the Toronto Arts Council she was selected for a one year collaboration under the Newcomer & Refugee Artist Mentorship Grant to mentor Iranian soprano Shahrzad Dastoornezhad.