Helen Field, Soprano
Born in North Wales, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music. Won many awards including the Dame Eva Turner Prize for Opera, the Royal Society of Arts Scholarship and the Young Welsh singers Competition.
She began her career as a recitalist on the BBC young recitalist series produced by Paul Hamburger, at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Brangwyn Hall, etc. Her operatic career began as a principal artist at Welsh National Opera, where she has sung repertoire including; Mimi, Musetta, Gilda, Marenka, Vixen, Jenufa, Tatyana, Katerina, in "The Greek Passion", Marzellina(Fidelio), Desdemona, and recently, Madama Butterfly.
For Opera North, she has sung Suzanna, Violetta, Massenet's Manon, Daphne (British premiere), Donna Anna, and Magda (La Rondine). Her many rôles for ENO include Gilda, Jenifer (Midsummer Marriage), Pamina, Nedda, Violetta, Donna Anna, Marguerite, Duchess of Parma, and in 2003, the rôle of Aunt Lydia in "The Handmaid's Tale". For Scottish Opera, she has sung Vixen, Katya, James McMillan's "Ines de Castro" (World premiere), and SALOME. Elsewhere in this country, she has sung Mimi, Jo- Ann in Tippet's "New Year" (World premiere), Pearl in "The Second Mrs, Kong" for Glyndebourne Opera, Aithra in "Aegyptisch Helena" for Garsington, and recently, "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" for Opera Ireland.
Her International career has taken her to many of the World's main Opera Houses. She has sung the Governess in Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" in Cologne, Dresden, Montpellier, Amsterdam, Schwetzingen and Barcelona. Gilda at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Butterfly at the Deutsch Oper in Berlin. Aspasia(Mitridate) at Monte Carlo. Desdemona in Brussels. Jenufa in Liege, Dusseldorf and recently, Toronto. "Aegyptisch Helena" at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, in Cagliari, for ROH in London, and on tour in Germany. She has performed the rôle of SALOME in Brussels,Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Covent Garden, Hamburg, Nuremburg, Scottish Opera, Holland, and recently, Frankfurt.
Working with some of the world's most prestigious directors,she is committed to the rôle of the "singing actress" in opera,(see excerpt of Desdemona from Peter Stein's "Otello"), and sings repertoire rangeing from Handel,(excerpt of baroque arias with John Wallace), to modern day composers, having sung the title rôle in many World Premieres. eg: Tippet's "New Year", Birtwhistle's "The Second Mrs Kong", James McMillan's "Ines de Castro", and Paul Rouder's "The Handmaid's Tale". The Lawrence Olivier Awards nominated her as "the most outstanding newcomer to opera" for her performance of Vixen, and, "outstanding operatic achievement of the year" for her performance as Marguerite in Gounod's "Faust". She was recently nominated for the Dora Moore Award, for her performance as SALOME in Toronto. On the concert platform, she has sung with all the major orchestras in this country, including the "Four Last Songs" at the Proms in London. Her many concerts abroad include Mahler IV at the opening of the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, a Liepzig Gewandhaus concert with Kurt Masur, and the "Four Last Songs" with Gunter Wand in Hamburg. In 2006 she added to her operatic reprtoire the rôle of Kostelnicka in "Jenufa" by Janacek, sung in a new production in Osnabruck, Germany. Another new rôle was the Countess de la Roche in Zimmermanns "Die Soldaten" performed in a hugely successful production by David Pountney in the Ruhr Triennale Festival, Germany. This will be revived in Autumn, 2007.
World Premieres of new commissions were:- "The Mountains of Mallorca" by Derek Bourgois for soprano and orchestra, performed in Palma. "Serenissima" by Alan Hoddinott for soprano and baritone and orchestra, performed in Cardiff with the National Orchestra of Wales on March 1st, 2007. Oratario work has involved Beethoven's "Missa Solennis" in St Davids Hall, Cardiff.A notable recital was given in Truro with Michael Pollock based on repertoire to include Moravian songs by Janacek. Recently she was extremely honoured to be made a Fellow of North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, based in her home town of Wrexham.