Biographies - 5.12.2022

Madeleine Pierard

Award-winning soprano, Madeleine Pierard was a Jette Parker Young Artist with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where she has since sung numerous roles. For The Royal Opera, Madeleine has sung Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggioa Reims), Musetta (La Boheme–London and Istanbul), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Berta (ll Barbiere di Siviglia), Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), Sacerdotessa (Aida), Noémie (Cendrillon), Wood Nymph (Rusalka) and Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitatain Hobart; and covered the roles of Kát'a Kabanova, Violetta, Donna
Anna, Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Leila (Les Pêcheurs de Perles).

Other recent roles include Lady Macbeth with English Touring Opera; Violetta, Pat Nixon (Nixon in China), Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw) and Musetta with NZ Opera; Musetta in Francesca Zambello’s La Bohemeat the Royal Albert Hall; Louise (Louise), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Cecilio (Lucio Silla) for The Buxton Festival, Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) underMuhai Tang in Tianjin, China, Woman (Erwartung) with Shadwell Opera, Mrs Julina (Owen Wingrave) with Grange Park Operaand the title role in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna.

Madeleine's recent concert appearances include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with The Royal Philharmonia at The Barbican and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Britten's War Requiemat the Cadogan Hall; numerous appearances and recordings with the NZSO including Haydn's Creation and Handel's Messiah under Nicholas McGegan; an opera gala with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne; Ross Harris’ Symphony No. 2 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Strasbourg and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with Stroma. She has also featured as a soloist with The Royal Ballet in Fauré’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria, in Carmina Burana with the Birmingham Royal Ballet at The
London Coliseum.

A noted recitalist, she has appeared alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and The Royal Opera House. Madeleine is a coach and mentor for The Royal Opera House, and has recently been named the inaugural Dame Malvina Major Chair in Opera at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand.