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Helen Massey

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About Helen Massey

Operatic/classical soprano with over 20 years' international solo career
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Singer (soprano)
Richmond
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Helen Massey studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Peter Pears Duo and English Song prizes and was chosen as soloist for Sir David Wilcocks’ 80th birthday concerts. At the Royal Academy of Music, she was awarded the EMI Scholarship and subsequently worked with Dennis O’Neill at his Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Helen’s first operatic role was as Emmie in Albert Herring, directed by Sir Thomas Allen, and since then her career has taken her far afield, from India to Italy, although she has notably performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Barbican and Kensington Palace in London. Roles include Blonde, Die Entführung, Oscar, Un Ballo in Maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Nannetta in Falstaff, Norina in Don Pasquale, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. Concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Johannes Passion, Haydn’s The Seasons at St. George’s, Bristol, Carmina Burana at the Hampstead Music Festival, Verdi’s Requiem at Oxford’s Sheldonian, guest soloist at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium in Colombo, an appearance as guest soloist with the Hamburg Symphoniker in Hamburg and with the English Concert at Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall. Helen also recorded Richard Strauss’s Deutsche Motette Op. 62 with the choirs of Kings College, London and Caius College, Cambridge under the Delphian Record label.

Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Contemporary classical, Opera, German music, Italian music, French music, Latin
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding proposal, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Secular:
O mio babbino caro, Puccini
Deh vieni non tardar, Mozart - https://youtu.be/xDOvtha5wZA
Voi che sapete, Mozart
Merce diletto amiche, Verdi - https://youtu.be/xWIpiBi-0rQ
V'adoro pupille, Handel - https://youtu.be/YHSKymsvEAA (finishing about 2:23 minutes)
Sempre Libera, Verdi - https://youtu.be/IGlugsYQZgg
Je veux vivre, Gounod - https://youtu.be/o5ZGbndTyPE (from about 1:10 minutes)
Sì mi chiamano Mimi, Puccini - https://youtu.be/m0nSKRbQ2_g
L'amerò sarò costante, Mozart - https://youtu.be/fCrv4bPyBBg
Casta Diva, Donizetti
Vilja, Lehár
Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, Puccini
Love's Philosophy, Quilter
Ombra mai fu, Handel
Das Rosenband, Schubert
Das Rosenband, Strauss
A Nightingale sang in Berkley Square, Sherwin
This is my beloved, Charles Lederer & Luther Davis (Kismet)
Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen
Summertime, Gershwin
Nella Fantasia, Morricone
Non-secular:
Laudate Dominum, Mozart - https://youtu.be/xn8stp8yTZw
Agnus Dei, Mozart (Coronation Mass)
Pie Jesu, Fauré
Benedictus, Haydn (Little Organ Mass) - https://youtu.be/NKQI1GN3as4
Ave Maria, Schubert
Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria, Caccini
Oh had I Jubal's lyre, Handel
Rejoice Greatly, Handel
Let the bright Seraphim, Handel
I know that my redeemer liveth, Handel
How beautiful are the feet, Handel
Come unto him all ye that labour, Handel
With verdure clad, Haydn
Alleluia, Mozart (Exultate Jubilate)
Exultate Jubilate, Mozart

Reviews

From customers:

Opera R, 15 years ago

For example, Helen Massey was perfect as Oscar. I liked her clear pronunciation and slick delivery of the patter. She had no problem with the tricky coloratura and it was all done with technical polish and musicality.

Opera M, 12 years ago

"...This non-preachy evening was a success, in the end, mostly because of an inspired cast: Helen Massey's sparky and expert Adele..."

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