Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy’s recent and upcoming engagements include Riders to the Sea and the premiere of Le Flambeau de la Nuit with Opéra de Montréal, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and multiple appearances as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, including with Les Violons du Roy and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Allyson McHardy's 2020-2021 season saw her return to Pacific Opera Victoria for a digital production of Britten’s Phaedra and performing Cleophas in Opera Atelier’s celebrated film of Handel’s La Resurrezione. She last appeared with Music of the Baroque in October 2019.
Allyson McHardy’s career is a carefully curated balance of opera and concert repertoire that moves easily from Donizetti to Handel and from Heggie to Mahler. Selected opera credits include appearances in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in St. Gallen; Roberto Devereux with the Canadian Opera Company; Amadis de Gaule at the Opéra Comique; Dove’s Flight with Vancouver Opera, and Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Allyson McHardy’s recordings include includes the JUNO-nominated Orlando with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Alexander Weimann (ATMA); the JUNO- and ADISQ-nominated recording of Caldara’s La conversione di Coldoveo, Re di Francia (ATMA); Bellini’s Norma with the Warsaw Philharmonic (Philharmonia Narodowa); Serinette and A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Centrediscs); and Ukrainian music by composer Mykola Lysenko in a six-disc collection on the Musica Leopolis label.
Allyson McHardy performs in performs in A Thanksgiving Messiah on November 28 and 29.