Mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman was born in 1982 in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. A recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Helen holds both a post-graduate Diploma in opera (2006) and a BMus in performance. Following success in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition she was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Peter Wilson. She is also very grateful for her continued work with Australian teacher Dr Rowena Cowley. In 2009 she was selected for representation by YCAT.
Helen has featured on numerous occasions as a soloist on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC Classic FM as part of the Young Australia Programme. In opera her roles include Prince Orlofsky (Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, RNCM), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), The Grand Duchess of Monte-Blanco (Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement), Lisetta (Haydn’s Il mondo della luna), The Angel (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), and Cousin Hebe (HMS Pinafore). On the concert platform Helen has performed varied works including songs by Karl Weigl, Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion and cantatas and masses by Mozart, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Haydn and Bach.
In 2009 Helen performed the roles of Varvava in the RNCM production of Katya Kabanova by Janácek and The Old Lady in the new RNCM production of Candide by Bernstein. In June she recorded with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of an International Opera Productions recording prize. Future plans include her Purcell Room debut and the roles of Hélène (Offenbach’s La belle Hélène), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Cyrus (Handel’s Belshazzar), the latter in a co-production with Manchester Camerata and the RNCM.
Helen is the recipient of many awards and scholarships from groups including the Australian Music Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Helpmann Family Trust, Ars Musica Australis, The Opera and Arts Support Group Sydney, the Dame Joan Sutherland Society and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
For more information about Helen, visit www.ycat.co.uk
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