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. She sang Costanza (L'isola disabitata) at The Royal Opera's performances at the inaugural Hobart Baroque Festival.
Pierard grew up in Napier and first trained as a pianist while singing with the New Zealand Youth Choir, the Tudor Consort and Voices New Zealand. 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. 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.
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. There is a strong tradition of music in her family, nine of whom are professional musicians.
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