Allyson McHardy made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2001 in the role of Fenena in Nabucco, returning in 2012 for her role debut as Carmen. She performs the role of the Minskwoman in Pacific Opera’s 2020 Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
In the 2019/20 season Ms McHardy’s engagements also include Bach Cantatas for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Victoria Symphony; and Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony. Opera engagements also include Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer for Opéra de Québec and Cleophas in Resurrezione for Opera Atelier.
Allyson 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, The Dream of Gerontius and Messiah.
Masterpieces by Rameau and Britten figured prominently in her 2018/19 season with performances of Acteon and Pygmalion produced by Opera Atelier in Chicago, at Versailles and in Toronto; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Philadelphia; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Vancouver Symphony; Messiah (Toronto Symphony); Elijah (Calgary Philharmonic); Matthäus Passion (National Arts Centre Orchestra and Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo); Mozart’s Requiem (Symphony Nova Scotia); and a recital for Société d’art vocal de Montréal.
Other recent highlights include her Chinese debut in Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, first created for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Julie Riel in Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, a Canadian Opera Company production that was also seen in Ottawa and Québec City as part of the nation’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations.
Allyson’s discography 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); Norma with the Warsaw Philharmonic (Philharmonia Narodowa); two works by Harry Somers – 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.