Helen Winter, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, is an accomplished soloist who has a wide-ranging career in recital work as well as opera, choral, stage performances, teaching and more recently directing.
Hailing from a very musical background and family, she was encouraged to follow her singing ambition and gained her BMus Honours after studying at Trinity College of Music, London, with Professor Susan McCulloch.
Following this, Helen was a member of the BBC Singers' ad hoc chorus whilst studying at ‘The Knack’, an Opera training course with English National Opera.
Helen’s operatic roles have included Ninetta in The Love for three Oranges (Prokofiev) for English Pocket Opera; Musician in Manon Lescaut (Puccini); Apparition in Macbeth (Verdi), Barena in Jenufa (Janacek), Voce Interna in L’amore dei tre Re (Montemezzi), and Monterone’s daughter in Rigoletto (Verdi), all for Opera Holland Park; Musetta in La Boheme (Puccini) and Adele in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) in Spain for ‘Singing in Aragon’ with European Chamber Opera and Lucy in The Telephone (Menotti).
Recital and Concert work regularly takes her abroad. She has performed all of the major Oratorios and has had the pleasure of working with conductors including Nicholas Cleobury (Britten Sinfonia), Mark Elder (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), Nigel Morley (Boston Sinfonia), Peter Robinson (City of London Sinfonia) and Stephen Jackson (BBC Symphony Chorus). Helen has performed in many prestigious venues as a soloist, such as Saint Thomas Kirche (Leipzig), The Royal Festival Hall (London), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), amongst others.
During 2013, Helen directed for Opera Anywhere and also performed the roles of Yum Yum (Mikado) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance). Other solo performances in 2013 included Verdi's Requiem with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra (Jun 2013), and Haydn's The Creation with The South Chiltern Choral Society (Apr 2013), Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine with the Richmond Orchestra (Nov 2013) and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai at St Alfege’s Church, Greenwich, with Blackheath Centre for Singing (Dec 2013).
Helen released a 2013 Christmas album with 4girls4harps in December, which preceded a promotional concert tour around the UK.
Helen released her debut music theatre album at the end of 2015. During which time she performed in The Sound Of Music LIVE on ITV. 2016 saw Helen busy performing Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute, & many concerts for the composers 260th anniversary year.
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