Madeleine Pierard (soprano), Terence Dennis (piano), Anna Pierard (mezzo soprano)
Rising star soprano Madeleine Pierard returns to New Zealand to perform with esteemed pianist Terence Dennis and her talented sister Anna.
Madeleine won the 2005 Lexus Song Quest before pursuing an MMus at London’s Benjamin Britten Opera School. She is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis, who last toured for CMNZ with Anna Leese in 2008 and regularly works with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, will be performing alongside Madeleine. Anna Pierard will join them for four concerts, having recently performed the role of Lola in New Zealand Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana to critical acclaim.
The concert repertoire includes Canteloube’s gorgeous Songs of the Auvergne and Berg’s lush Seven Early Songs, which show influences of Bruckner, Mahler and Debussy.
Both programmes feature a specially commissioned work from Ross Harris, Songs for Beatrice. Ross worked closely with poet Vincent O’Sullivan to create the work which honours New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley.
Beatrice Tinsley was a pioneer who was famous in her field of scientific research, but she was little known in New Zealand. She was Professor of Astronomy at Yale University and was part of the team which discovered that the universe was infinitely expanding. Beatrice also played violin and loved Bach and this is reflected in one of the songs in the work ‘True Romance’.
"The name Beatrice of course has marvellous resonances, while her dealing with galaxies as 'a job', and the tragedy of her early death, spurred us both. It was also a way to celebrate and honour who she was and what she did.” - Vincent O'Sullivan
DOWNLOAD PROGRAMME ONE (Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Wellington, Hamilton)
DOWNLOAD PROGRAMME TWO (Napier, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Auckland)
Listen to the Radio New Zealand Concert review from the opening concert of this tour in Napier.
Listen to Madeleine Pierard talking to Eva Radich about her tour on Radio New Zealand, 31 July 2012.
Listen to the Radio New Zealand special on Cosmologist Beatrice Tinsley, on who Songs for Beatrice is written.
The above clip is taken from live recording of the Crush Room Lunchtime Recital featuring Madeleine Pierard and pianist, Jean-Paul Pruna. May 23, 2011. Crush Room, Royal Opera House, London. This piece will be performed in both programmes on the tour. http://www.madeleinepierard.com/listen.html
The above soundclip is taken from live recording of Lunchtime concert at The National Opera Studio with pianist, Jean-Paul Pruna. February 2, 2010. Blackburn Hall, National Opera Studio, London. This piece will be performed in programme 2 on the tour. http://www.madeleinepierard.com/listen.html
|4 August 12||Programme Two||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Napier
|7 August 12||Programme Two||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:45pm||The Speirs Centre
263 Featherston St
|9 August 12||Programme Two||7.30pm||Theatre Royal
|11 August 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre||Christchurch|
|14 August 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Regent Theatre||Dunedin|
|16 August 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Civic Theatre||Invercargill|
|18 August 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Nelson
School of Music
|20 August 12||Programme One||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:30pm||Wellington Town Hall||Wellington|
|22 August 12||Programme One||8pm||Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts||Hamilton|
|23 August 12||Programme Two||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Auckland Town Hall||Auckland|
Madeleine captured the essence of both these contrasting works with a wonderfully empathetic, expressive performance coloured with great richness of tone.Read full reviewStephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard - 08 Aug 2012
This was a stunning performance by Madeleine Pierard in which she completely captured the character of each of the distinctive and sometimes amusing verses. Read full reviewPeter Williams, Hawkes Bay today - 06 Aug 2012
...excellent balance and unity of interpretationRead full reviewAllan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News - 30 Nov -0001
An enthralling performance by the 2005 Lexus Song Quest winnerRead full reviewGwyneth Hyndman, The Southland Times - 30 Nov -0001
I heard many in the audience making comparisons with the golden tone of Kiri Te Kanawa.Read full reviewMargot Hannigan, Nelson Mail - 20 Aug 2012
a unique blend of warm dark mezzo hues and a soprano range showing that the art of giving a lieder recital is alive and well.Read full reviewAndrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times - 23 Aug 2012
richly satisfying...and showed in dramatic fashion just why this singer is on fast track to international stardom.Read full reviewJohn Button, The Dominion Post - 23 Aug 2012