Having won the Wagner Society’s 2012 Bursary Competition, Helena Dix (soprano) 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 was the winner of 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, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera where she has also covered Frasquita Carmen and Karolina in The Two Widows, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Nella Gianni Schicchi for The Opera Project, Li-Li in Jonathan Dove’s Greed for the Glyndebourne Young Artist Project and Musetta in La bohème for Opera Novella. She has also covered the title role Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera. Other roles have included Felice School for Fathers, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, title role 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 returning as soloist in several performances of Messiah, Mozart’s Great C Minor Mass and Carmina Burana. Recently, she returned to Australia to sing as a guest artist at Opera in the Alps and give a series of recitals including one for The Melba Trust at the Kooyong Tennis club.
In London her concert engagements include Handel Messiah, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Mozart Coronation Mass, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Mendelssohn Elijah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Exsultate jubilate, Faure Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Verdi 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, and 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, Matthew Willis, Giuseppe Finzi and Mark Wigglesworth.
Since having won the Wagner Society’s Bursary Competition, Helena has performed in the 2012 Bayreuth Stipendiatenkonzert at the Stadthalle for members of Wagner’s family and recently sang in Karlsruhe as part of the International Wagner prize. She gave a concert of Strauss Lieder with the Music Camp Orchestra and then went on to perform Strauss’s Four Last Songs at Cadogan Hall.
Upcoming engagements include her ongoing contract with Lübeck as Elettra in Idomeneo, the title role in La gioconda in Vallodiad, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Tobacco Factory, Strauss Songs at St John’s Smith Square and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with Northampton Symphony.