Madeleine Pierard started her career as a pianist in Napier, New Zealand and later as a member of The New Zealand Youth Choir, The Tudor Consort and Voices New Zealand. After completing studies at Victoria University of Wellington (reading Musicology, Composition and Biomedical Science), she completed her MMus at the RCM International Opera School in London. Madeleine was also a 2009/10 trainee at the National Opera Studio in London, sponsored by The Royal Opera. She has won a number of awards during her London residency, notably the Lies Askonas Prize, the Great Elm Award at the Wigmore Hall, The Les Azuriales Ozone Opera Competition in France and the Singerís Award at the Royal Overseas League Competition. Madeleine is also a New Generation Artist with the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and winner of the 2005 Lexus Song Quest. In 2008, she was named as ĎWhatís Hotí by the international Opera Now magazine. She studies with the soprano, Yvonne Kenny.
Madeleine Pierard sang Helena A MIDSUMMER NIGHTíS DREAM Cherubino, Prince Charmant CENDRILLON and ThaÔs at the RCM and Justice THE FIRST COMMANDMENT with the Classical Opera Company, Flowermaiden PARSIFAL and Marzelline FIDELIO with NBR New Zealand Opera, Costanza LíISOLA DISABITATA in Hobart and Vitellia LA CLEMENZA DI TITO with Auckland Opera Studio. She was a Jette Parker Young Artist for two years from 2010 and sang Lisa LA SONNAMBULA, Sandman HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, High Priestess AIDA, Noémie CENDRILLON, Nymph RUSALKA, Slave SALOME, Musetta in John Copleyís production of LA BOHEME and Contessa di Folleville IL VIAGGIO A REIMS and covered Donna Anna, Musetta, Leila LES P CHEURS DE PERLES, Marfa THE TSARíS BRIDE and Electra IDOMENEO for the Royal Opera. She also sang Fauréís REQUIEM and Poulencís GLORIA with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House. She has sung Musetta for New Zealand Opera, Raymond Gubbay at Royal Albert Hall, and Longborough Festival Opera.
Madeleine has performed extensively on the concert platform throughout NZ and the UK: Notable oratorio soloist performances include CARMINA BURANA, Mozart REQUIEM and Haydn NELSON MASS at St Martin-in-the-Fields under Ivor Setterfield, Verdiís REQUIEM with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Haydnís CREATION in the Kingís Lynn Festival and Vaughan Williamsí Dona NOBIS PACEM, Beethovenís ODE TO JOY and the Poulenc STABAT MATER at The Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonia. Madeleine has appeared in recital at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, appeared with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jonathan Lemalu in recitals in Jersey and London, in a sell-out recital series in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Simon Lepper. She has sung frequently with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand and China including a tour under Pietari Inkinen with Jonathan Lemalu and Simon OíNeill. She also made a ten-centre recital tour throughout New Zealand with her sister, mezzo-soprano, Anna Pierard and pianist, Terence Dennis. She has a particular interest in performing contemporary works, premiering SYMPHONY NO. 2 written for her by New Zealand composer, Ross Harris, with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and made recordings with the NZSO under James Judd, featuring works by Lyell Cresswell and Beethoven.
Engagements in 2015 include Musetta LA BOHEME in Istanbul, Ann Trulove THE RAKEíS PROGRESS for Bury Court Opera, CARMINA BURANA for Birmingham Royal Ballet at London Coliseum, title role LOUISE for Buxton Festival, and concerts for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Choral Society, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Royal Opera, Covent Garden and at the Royal Albert Hall. Future performances include a return to Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Youth Choir and Royal Opera, Covent Garden.