New Zealander soprano Madeleine Pierard was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2010–12, her roles including Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), High Priestess (Aida), Noémie (Cendrillon), Wood Nymph (Rusalka) and Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims). She sang Musetta (La bohème) for the BBC’s ‘Maestro at the Opera’, a role she also performed with the Company, and Costanza (L’isola disabitata) for The Royal Opera at the inaugural Hobart Baroque Festival. She returned in the 2016/17 Season to sing Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and in the 2019/20 Season sings Overseer (Elektra).
Pierard grew up in Napier and first trained as a pianist. She studied musicology, composition and biomedical science at the Victoria University of Wellington, before going on to train at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio in London. Selected opera appearances include Patricia Nixon (Nixon in China), Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and Musetta for New Zealand Opera, Cecilio (Lucio Silla), the title role of Louise and Elettra (Idomeneo) for Buxton Festival, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Opera Hawke’s Bay, Erwartung for Shadwell Opera, Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) for English Touring Opera and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) with Tianjin Symphony Orchestra.
Pierard is an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary works and performed in the premiere of Ross Harris’s Symphony no.2 in a part written for her. She has appeared in concert at the Wigmore and Cadogan halls, at St Martin-in-the-Fields and across New Zealand. In 2011 she appeared in a series of concerts during the Rugby World Cup with Jonathan Lemalu and Simon O’Neill under Pietari Inkinen.