Helen Brown

Soprano Helen Brown began her vocal training in Perth with Molly McGurk. She then travelled to Paris and London to continue her studies.

After working with Noelle Barker, Paul Hamburger and David Mason, Helen made her operatic debut for the Opéra- Théåtre de Massy singing the roles of Laoula from L’Etoile by Chabrier and La Princesse from L’Enfant et les Sortileges by Ravel. She continued to live and work in Paris, where she performed roles such as Arminda from La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart and Titania, the title role of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

Helen also sang the soprano solo in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass and Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the Faure Requiem. These performances took place in many of the most beautiful churches in Paris, including Notre Dame de Paris and St Louis en L’Isle.

Apart from touring with operas such as The Fairy Queen and Les Contes d’Hoffman, Helen also gave many recitals outside Paris, especially for the Festival de Pimpéan each year. A highlight was touring Normandy with an American/French programme for the anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1995.

After gaining a place on English National Opera’s prestigious performance skills course, “The Knack”, directed by Mary King, Helen relocated to London. There she created the role of Jessica in Alec Roth’s A Medecine for Melancholy at ENO Works. She also toured extensively with the baroque ensemble “L’Estravaganza” directed by Patrick Dunn.

While singing in Charpentier’s Medée at Dartington in 1998, Helen met the pianist David Wickham who is now her husband. The duo have performed many times in London and have most recently given an all French recital at the WAAPA and for the WA Lieder Society in Perth where they now live. They have two young children and no cats.

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Styles
  • Classical
Instruments
  • Soprano
Speciality
  • Concerts