Radiating Statuesque Dignity
New Zealand soprano Madeleine Pierard stars in Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata, the inaugural performance of the Hobart Baroque Festival in Tasmania. “As the long-suffering Constanza, Pierard radiates statuesque dignity, even garbed in filthy rags; her velvety mezzo is clear and phrasing sensitively shaped in the opera’s catchiest aria, Se non piange un infelice,” Melissa Lesnie writes in a review of the opera for Limelight magazine. Pierard won the 2005 Lexus Song Quest. She performed as the Countess of Folleville in the 2012 London Royal Opera House production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims.