Australian born mezzo, Helen Sherman has established herself as a much-sought-after artist in the United Kingdom and Australia in both recital and Opera. An alumnus of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music, she was the first student to receive the International Artists Diploma in Opera from the RNCM. Helen has represented Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. Last year she was nominated for a Helpmann Award (best female performer in an opera) for her performance of the title role in ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ for Pinchgut Opera. She has been a prize winner at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and sang in the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France. Helen is a Samling Scholar, associate artist for Classical Opera and YCAT alumnus.
Of her recent performance of the title role of ‘Carmen’ for the State Opera of South Australia Graham Strahle for The Australian wrote “Helen Sherman in the title role was powerful of voice, and she invested her character with convincing psychological realism. Her fiery Habanera was wholly satisfying.”
Recent highlights include the role of Tamiri in Vivaldi’s Farnace, Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Irene (Bajazet) for Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, the title role (Carmen) for the State Opera of South Australia, Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) for Teatru Manoel, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) for Opera North, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) for Classical Opera, Christina (I Pazzi Per Progetto) for Festspiele Zurich, Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) for Lost and Found Opera, Aurelio (L’Assedio di Calais) and Nerone (The Coronation of Poppea) for English Touring Opera and Rosina (The Barber of Seville) for Longborough Festival Opera. Recordings include ‘Mozart in London’ for Signum Records and ‘Bajazet’ for Pinchgut Live.
Helen’s concert appearances have included performances at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court, performances at City of London, Two Moors, Cambridge and Cheltenham festivals, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, QPAC Hall, Middle Temple Hall and The Sage Gateshead, recitals with Roger Vignoles for Cambridge Summer Music Festival, with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen at the Wigmore Hall, with The Australian Haydn Ensemble, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and The London Mozart Players. Helen has featured on ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio4 Women’s Hour, BBC Radio3, Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey for BBC4 and recorded with The Orchestra of the Antipodes, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
In March 2020 Helen makes her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Flora in Richard Eyre’s production of ‘La Traviata’.
Helen is very grateful for the support of The Richard Carne Trust, Leslie Macleod-Miller, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Classical Opera Company, The Young Classical Artists Trust, The Kohn Foundation, The Royal Overseas League, The Wingate Trust, The Tait Memorial Trust, Independent Opera, The Australian Music Foundation, The Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Trust, The Dame Joan Sutherland Society, Ars Musica Australis, The Opera and Arts Support Group Sydney, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and International Opera Productions.