Opera/Music theatre

Helen first appeared on stage with the Royal Holloway Savoy Opera Society. She sung in the chorus for productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (2000) and Trial by Jury (2001), before singing the title role in Iolanthe in 2002. In 2002 she participated in a weekend-course at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, performing the Act II Finale from Verdi’s MacBeth. In 2004 she was selected for a vocal ensemble that would perform the choir parts in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie and the Innsbrucker Festwochen, in a fully-staged production, directed by René Jacobs and Vincent Boussard.

During her studies in the Brussels conservatoires, she participated in several opera-scenes projects, and interpreted roles such as Cherubino, Edwige (Guillaume Tell), Hänsel, Meg Page (Falstaff), Nerone (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Dorabella, Cenerentola and Charlotte (Werther), under the guidance of Mady Urbain and Ronny Lauwers.

In 2006 she participated in another conservatoire project, an Opera-pastiche of Ifigenia and Ipermestra, in which she performed the roles of Oreste (Jommelli’s Ifigenia), and Plistene (Hasse’s Ipermestra). The project was performed with ‘gestique baroque’, directed by Sigrid T’Hoofd, and the music director was Paul Dombrecht.

Between 2005 and 2007 she performed the roles of Ninfa and Speranza in a concert version of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with the Chœur de Chambre de Namur, conducted by Jean Tubéry. The opera was presented in Namur and on tour in Torroella de Montgrí and Bilbao (Spain), Sens, L’Opéra de Rennes and Lessay (France), Vantaa (Finland) and Warsaw (Poland).

In 2007 Helen performed the role of Micah in Handel’s Samson, in an abridged staged production of Muziektheater Transparant. In 2008 Helen joined the Choeur d’opéra de Namur for a production of Verdi’s Don Carlo in the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège), directed by Balázs Kocsár and Jean-Louis Grinda. She is currently involved in a project to perform Moreau’s Esther, the incidental music composed for Racine’s tragedy, together with the ensemble Les Menus Plaisirs du Roi and the singers Aurélie Franck and Anne Maistriau.