The Artists

Helen Stanley

Mezzo-Soprano

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Helen Stanley was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where the JC Findlay Foundation and the Josephine Baker Trust supported her. She has participated in masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmair, Håkan Hagegård at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the late Robert Tear and Simon Keenlyside at the London Song Festival.

In opera, Helen's previous roles have included the title role in Savitri, Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Leocasta (Giustino) and Hyäle (Actéon). She has appeared in several seasons in the chorus at Grange Park Opera, and covered the role of Filipyevna in their Eugene Onegin. In scenes she has played Carmen, Hata (The Bartered Bride), Lady Essex (Gloriana), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Angelina (La Cenerentola) and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia). In January 2016 she performed as Mistress Quickly in scenes from Falstaff as part of the Wales Theatre Awards and again in February at Buckingham Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales. She will be appearing as Marcellina in the RWCMD production of Le nozze di Figaro in Spring 2016.

Helen is especially interested in contemporary opera, and has taken part in performances of new works at the Grimeborn Festival, Tête à Tête Opera Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Most recently, she created the roles of Hildigunnr in Red as Blood by Joel Rust and Bellisant in Bare by Philip Ashworth, which were performed in venues across the country including the Rose Theatre in Kingston and The Sage, Gateshead.

Helen’s concert performances have included Elgar The Music Makers at Watford Colosseum, Handel Dixit Dominus with both the Southbank Sinfonia and Swansea Philharmonic, Haydn Nelson Mass conducted by Sir David Willcocks and Daniel-Lesur Cantique des Cantiques with the BBC Symphony Chorus, as part of the BBC Proms. As an undergraduate she appeared as a soloist in Schmitt La Tragédie de Salomé with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lionel Bringuier. Other concert repertoire includes Bach St John Passion, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Duruflé Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater and Elgar Sea Pictures. She regularly appears as a soloist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, recently in Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass accompanied by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Musical Education

2015 - Present MA Opera, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

2011 - 13 MA Vocal Studies, Royal Academy of Music

2006 - 10 BMus (Hons) Performance, First Class Honours, Trinity College of Music, London

Operatic Experience

2016 - Rosina (Cover) Barber of Seville, Rossini 2016 Young Artists Festival

2016 - Mistress Quickly, Falstaff, RWCMD, dir. Martin Constantine, Cond. Carlo Rizzi

2016 - Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro, RWCMD dir. Martin Constantine, Cond. David Jones

2015 - Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Dei Lumi, cond. Peter Keenan – concert performances

2015 - Isabella, L’Italiana in Algeri, Pop Up Opera, dir. James Hurley, cond. Berrak Dyer

2014 - Dorabella, Così fan tutte, Pop Up Opera, dir. Darren Royston, cond. Berrak Dyer

2013 - Hildigunnr/Bellisant, Red as Blood/Bare, Melos Sinfonia, dir. Ella Marchment, cond. Oliver Zeffman

2013 - Filipyevna (cover), Eugene Onegin, Grange Park Opera, dir. Stephen Medcalf, cond. Martyn Brabbins

2013 - Lady Essex Gloriana, Royal Academy Opera Scenes, dir. William Relton, cond. Gareth Hancock

2012 - Judy Salty Sarah, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, dir. Julie Osman, cond. Dimitri Scarlato

2012 - Hyale Actéon, Dartington International Summer School Advanced Opera Course, dir. Tim Hopkins, cond. Robert Howarth

2012 - Olga (cover) Eugene Onegin, Ryedale Festival Opera, dir. Jack Furness, cond. Matthew Willis

2012 - Geneviève Pelléas et Mélisande, Royal Academy Opera Scenes, dir. John Ramster, cond. Mary Hill

2011 - Second witch Dido and Aeneas, New London Opera Players, dir. John Ramster, cond. Mary Hill

2011 - Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, British Youth Opera, dir. Sally Burgess, cond. Philip Sunderland

2011 - April, Kathy, Marta Company, British Youth Opera, dir. Sally Burgess, cond. Philip Sunderland

2010 - Savitri Savitri, Freezeframe Opera, cond. Philip Ashworth

2010 - Mrs Herring, Albert Herring, TCM Opera, dir. Bill Bankes-Jones, cond. Steuart Bedford

2010 - Chorus/Dido (cover), Dido and Aeneas, Bury Court Opera/Southbank Sinfonia, dir. Kirsty Lothian, cond. Simon Over

2010 – Lucretia, The Rape of Lucretia, TCM Opera, dir. Toria Banks, cond. James Williams

2009 - Leocasta Giustino, TCM Opera, dir. Olivia Fuchs, cond. Philip Thorby

2009 - First Lizard, The Wonderful Thing About Lizards, Grimeborn Opera Festival, dir. Toria Banks, cond. Lucy Smith

Chorus:-

2015 - Perpetua, Cantata Dramatica, dir. Nick Pitts-Tucker, cond. Peter Wright

2013 - I Puritani, Grange Park Opera, dir. Stephen Langridge, cond. Gianluca Marciano

2012 - Idomeneo, Grange Park Opera, dir. Charles Edwards, cond. Nicholas Kraemer

2012 - Madama Butterfly, Grange Park Opera, dir. John Doyle, cond. Gianluca Marciano

2010 - La Bohème, British Youth Opera, dir. Stephen Barlow, cond. Peter Robinson

2008 - The Rake’s Progress, TCM Opera, dir. Mike Ashman, cond. Gregory Rose

2007 - Fingerprint, The Shout/ROH2, dir. Emma Bernard, cond. Orlando Gough

Oratorio

Bach - B Minor Mass

Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Beethoven - Mass in C

Brahms - Requiem

Bruckner - Requiem

Duruflé - Requiem

Daniel-Lesur - Le Cantique des Cantiques

Elgar - Sea Pictures

Elgar - Music Makers

Handel - Dixit Dominus

Handel - Foundling Hospital Anthem

Handel - Messiah

Handel - Theodora

Haydn - St Nicholas Mass

Haydn - Nelson Mass

Haydn - Theresienmesse

Mendelssohn - Elijah

Mendelssohn - St Paul

Mozart - Requiem

Pergolesi - Stabat Mater

Poulenc - Gloria

Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe

Rossini - Stabat Mater

Schmitt - La Tragedie de Salome

Schubert - Mass in G

Schubert - Mass in A♭

Vivaldi - Gloria

Concerts

2016 - RWCMD Gala Concert at Buckingham Palace

2014 - Proms In The Plas Opera Gala, Plas Brondanw Gardens

Competition

2013 - Somerset Song Prize 2013 Second Prize

Masterclasses

2016 - John Fisher, RWCMD, Verdi Falstaff

2016 - Kathryn Harries, RWCMD, Handel Arias

2015 - Susan Bullock RWCMD, Rossini and Mozart Arias

2012 - Simon Keenlyside London Song Festival, Head and Ireland songs

2012 - Wolfgang Holzmair Lieder by Mahler

2011 - Håkan Hagegård Oxford Lieder Festival, Brahms and Alfvén songs

2010 - Robert Tear Arias from Così fan tutte

2010 - Richard Jackson Lieder by Brahms and Schubert

Awards & Scholarships

2016 - Leverhulme Scholarship - RWCMD

2016 - Phillipa and David Seligman Award for Excellence - RWCMD

2012 - Josephine Baker Trust Scholar - Sponsored soloist

2012 - Dartington International Summer School - Award to study on Advanced Opera Course

2012 - Thelma King Awards Finalist

2011 - The J C Findlay Foundation - Grant covering full MA tuition fees

Future Plans

2017 Guest Soloist, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Hythe Singers

2017 Guest Soloist, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Hampton Choral Society

2017 Fidalma - Il Matrimonio Segreto - Pop up Opera

2017 Chorus - Fidelio - Longborough Festival Opera

Press

Juno, Semele for Mid Wales Opera. The Guardian. February 2017

"......Helen Stanley: a feisty mezzo with natural stage presence, she vaped and vamped with a vengeance."

Isabella, L’Italiana In Algeri for Pop Up Opera, Planet Hugill. Hilary Glover. June 2015

'It is the role of Isabella, performed by Helen Stanley, that Rossini has set up to be the star, and Stanley was definitely a star.'

Isabella, L’Italiana In Algeri for Pop Up Opera, Tim Hochstrasser, British Theatre. June 2015

'..given the high technical demands of this music of glittering surfaces, it really needs to be said that Helen Stanley was fully equal to the demands

of the steepling, vertiginous coloratura that garland her role..'

Isabella, L’Italiana In Algeri for Pop Up Opera, Genni Trickett, London Theatre. June 2015

'The cast performs in rotation; on the night that I attended both Helen Stanley and Oliver Brignall gave stand-out performances, but the calibre

overall was simply excellent.'

The Bear Goes Walkabout: Melos Sinfonia and Helios Chamber Opera - Francesca Wickers 2013

'Helen Stanley sung the role of Hildigunnr with huge intensity and a voice that she skilfully wrapped around the often unpredictable melodies.'