Australian mezzo soprano, Helen Sherman is a performer renowned for her versatility and dramatic intensity. Of her performance as Christina (I Pazzi Per Progetto) for Festspiele Zürich 2018, Seen and Heard International described her as “A power house mezzo”. Helen is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was the first student to receive the International Artists Diploma in opera. She is a Samling Scholar, Associate Artist for Classical Opera Company and YCAT alumnus. Helen has represented Australia at The BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World Competition and at The Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. She was awarded third prize in the prestigious Wigmore Hall Song Prize and sang in the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France, Le Grand Depart.
Recent career highlights include; Cesare (Giulio Cesare) for Bury Court Opera, Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Irene (Bajazet) for Pinchgut Opera, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) for Opera North, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) for Classical Opera, Aurelio (L’Assedio di Calais) and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for English Touring Opera. Recordings include, “Mozart in London” for Signum and Bajazet for Pinchgut Live.
Helen’s concert appearances have included performances at The Sydney Opera House, QPAC Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, City of London, Cambridge, Cheltenham and Two Moors festivals, Performances at Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead and St John's Smith Square. Helen has featured on ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio4 Women's Hour, BBC Radio3 and on Lucy Worsley’s ‘Mozart’s London Odessy’ for BBC channel 4.
Helen sang the role of Irene in our production of Vivaldi's Bajazet in July 2015 and the role of Poppea in our production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea in December 2017. Helen will sing the role of Tamiri in our 2019 season of Vivaldi's Farnace.
Photo by Benjamin Harte
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