Helena Dix – Soprano

Helena DixAustralian Soprano Helena Dix completed her post-graduate Opera Programme at the Royal Academy of Music on the ABRSM scholarship in 2005, where she studied with Elizabeth Ritchie and was supported by the Josephine Baker and Countess of Munster Trusts.

In a single year she won several prestigious opera competitions and was 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 also been successful in many competitions in London and sang 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 was also very proud to be the Australian representative in The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005. Most recently, in December 2011, Helena won 1st prize as well as the audience prize in the Bayreuth Wagner Bursary Competition Finals.

Helena’s operatic repertoire includes Cis Albert Herring, Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Carmen and La Bohème, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Felice School for Fathers by Wolf-Ferrari. She also worked with Opera Australia in La Bohème and Der Rosenkavalierunder Simone Young and Paul Kildea. Other roles in Opera Tableaux have included Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, title role Thais, Madama Butterfly, Mercedes Carmen, Elvira Ernani and Violetta La Traviata in Academy Opera Tableaux. Helena sang 1st Lady Die Zauberflöte conducted by Sir Colin Davis and directed by John Copley and Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon. In the summer of 2005 Helena appeared as Li-Li in Jonathan Dove’s Greed for the Glyndebourne young artist project Dovetales. For Scottish Opera Helena has covered Frasquita Carmen and Karolina in The Two Widows, and has performed Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and covered/sang Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera Go Round. Helena also covered the title role Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera, and recently appeared as Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for The Opera Project.

In Australia, Helena sang the role of the Angel in Handel’s cantata La Resurrezione and made her debut 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 Mass in C Minor and Carmina Burana. In London, concert engagements include Messiah, Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Mozart Coronation Mass in C, Elijah, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens and Brahms Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Cambridge String Players. Further concert engagements include her debut at both St. James Piccadilly singing Mozart’s Mass in C minor and at The Royal Albert Hall in Carmina Burana with Concerts from Scratch, conducted by Brian Kay, Haydn’s Creation at St John’s Smith Square, Mozart Requiem in Knightsbridge, Verdi Requiemat the Royal Albert Hall, Elijah at Dorchester Abbey, Beethoven 9th Symphony for the RPO, Exsultate Jubilate in Guildford Cathedral, Verdi Requiem in Beckenham and in Gloucester Cathedral, Faure Requiem at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, and Creation at the Dartington International Summer School with Sir Charles Mackerras.

Recent engagements include Flowermaiden Parsifal for English National Opera, Messiah (Keele), Verdi Requiem at the Barbican Centre, War Requiem at Ripon Cathedral, Brahms Requiem (Woking) and Donna Anna Don Giovanni for The Opera Project. Highlights of the 2011/2012 season include her appearance with Opera in the Alps (Melbourne), Creation in Guildford Cathedral, Nella Gianni Schicchi for Opera Project, Vier letzte Lieder (High Wycombe), and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the English Concert Singers.

April 2012