Helena Dix, soprano

Having won the Wagner Society’s 2012 Bursary Competition, Helena Dix has begun to establish herself as one of the UK’s up-and-coming Wagnerian sopranos.

Australia-born Helena has had a great deal of success in competitions, most notably representing Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Helena was also runner up in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria, a finalist in the McDonalds Aria held at the Sydney Opera House and won the Nino Sanciolo scholarship to further her studies in Italy. Helena has been successful in many competitions in London and competed in the finals of the ‘Songmakers Almanac’, the Opera Rara Bel Canto prize, Blyth Buesst Opera Prize, Clonter Opera prize and the Richard Lewis competition.

Helena’s operatic repertoire includes Flowermaiden (Parsifal) for English National Opera, and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow) for Scottish Opera where she has also covered Frasquita (Carmen) and Karolina (The Two Widows); Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi) for The Opera Project, and Li-Li (Greed) for the Glyndebourne Young Artist Project. She has also covered the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera. Other roles have included Felice (School for Fathers), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Thais (Thais), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Elvira (Ernani), Violetta (La Traviata) and Noémie in Massenet’s (Cendrillon).

Helena is in high demand on the international concert stage. She has sung with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah, receiving critical praise for her performance, and returned as soloist in several performances of Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Carmina Burana. Recently, she returned to Australia to sing as a guest artist at Opera in the Alps and gave a series of recitals including one for The Melba Trust at The Kooyong Tennis club.

In London, her concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Fauré’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem for which she is always in demand. Helena has performed in many of the UK’s leading venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. James Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Dorchester Abbey, St Paul’s, Ripon, Guildford and Gloucester Cathedrals. Her credits with orchestras include the RPO and she has sung under the baton of conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Simone Young and Mark Wigglesworth.

Upcoming engagements include Musetta (La Boheme) for Opera Novella and the title role in La Gioconda in Spain 2013. She also has numerous Opera Gala Concerts and Strauss’ Four Last Songs for Music Camp and with Corinthian Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. Having won the Wagner Society’s Bursary Competition, Helena has been invited to perform in the 2012 Bayreuth Gala and will sing in the Quarter Finals of the International Wagner Prize this summer.

 

 

Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 6th October, 2012: Strauss Four Last Songs