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Australia: Helen Sherman

Mezzo-soprano - born 1982

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competitor

Helen Sherman graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010, studying with Peter Alexander Wilson, and received the RNCM International Artists Diploma in opera studies. Previously she had studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2006.

She won the International Opera Productions prize in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition and in 2009 was selected for representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust.

At the RNCM Helen sang Varvava Katya Kabanova, The Old Lady Candide, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Hélène La belle Hélène, Sesto La clemenza di Tito and Cyrus Belshazzar.

In Australia, roles included Rosina The Barber of Seville, Lisetta Il mondo della luna and Third Lady The Magic Flute. Over the last year, Helen has given debut concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and appeared with Roger Vignoles in Cambridge. In April she broadcast a recital for ABC Classic FM in Australia. Last summer Helen performed Suzuki Madama Butterfly and covered Clairon Capriccio for Grange Park Opera.

Future engagements include concerts at the City of London Festival and a performance of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

Helen enjoys baking, gardening and watching Kath and Kim.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011: concert three repertoire

  • Sta nell'Ircana (Alcina) - Handel
  • How can I sleep? ... At the haunted end of the day (Troilus and Cressida) - Walton
  • Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia) - Rossini

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2011: recital three repertoire

  • Heimliche Aufforderung (Op 27 No 3) - R Strauss
  • Die Nacht (Op 10 No 3) - R Strauss
  • The Highland Balou (A Charm of Lullabies Op 41 No 2) - Britten
  • A charm (A Charm of Lullabies Op 41 No 4) - Britten
  • The nurse's song (A Charm of Lullabies Op 41 No 5) - Britten
  • Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (Op 12 No 2) - Clara Schumann


Helen Sherman from Australia - Concert 3

Helen Sherman from Australia sings Sta nell'Ircana from Handel's Alcina.