Canadian soprano Taylor Pardell is a classically trained singer/actor based out of New York City and London, UK, who has a passion for musical theatre, opera, and classical-crossover.
Taylor is a recent graduate of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, where she performed the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, La Fée in Cendrillion (Viardot), and Barbarina (Susanna u/s) in Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival. Most recently, Taylor was part of the ensemble in the new musical reading of Michael Strogoff: Courier of the Tsar, directed by Robert Cuccioli at the York Theatre in New York City.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Taylor has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra (Bard on the Beach: Operas & Arias), and Opera Kelowna. Her concert repertoire includes Cunegonde (Candide), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Nanetta (Falstaff), Frasquita (Carmen), Musetta (La Bohème), Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Recent operatic roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen/Příhody Lišky Bystroušky in the Czech Republic.
Ms. Pardell has received a M.Mus in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia, a B.Mus in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, a Dip.Mus in Voice Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and an ARCT Certificate in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Taylor is proud to have been a Semi-Finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, Winner of the American Protégé Competition, Runner Up at the National Music Festival of Canada, a Canadian representative at the Hans Gabor International Belvedere Singing Competition, and Second place in the Voices of Brooklyn Competition.
Taylor is the soprano member of Top Classical Crossover group Vivace (www.officialvivace.com). She has been the sole cantor at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY under the musical direction of Juilliard grad Andrew Violette, as well as a national anthem singer, performing for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox. Taylor is grateful to have had her voice and performance videos used as part of the Pre-Show Entertainment for Metallica: WorldWired Tour.