Helen Withers

Samling Artist Programme: 2002

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Helen Withers has established herself as an engaging and versatile performer. A former Samling and Crear scholar, she has won prizes at the London Handel Singing Competition, Great Elm Vocal Awards, The Thelma King Award, the Concordia Foundation of English Singers and Speakers, and ‘Most Promising Young Singer’ in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition.
Her operatic career began at Glyndebourne where she covered the role of Idamante in Peter Sellars’ production of Idomeneo. She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as one of the ‘keres’ in the highly acclaimed world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, portrayed the roles of Clizia (Teseo) for English Touring Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon with the conductor Jean Bernard Pommier, Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) at the Opera! Festival in Holland, in addition to creating the roles of Nimmy and Mary in Push! for Tête-à-tête at Riverside Studios. Most recent roles have included Asteria (Tamerlano) for Opera by Definition, Sandman & Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) for Opera Minima, and the covers of Partenope for Les Azuriales Opera, Angelica (Orlando) for Independent Opera, and Sandrina (Country Matters) for ETO.
Helen is equally well known on the concert platform having appeared at the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Aldeburgh Festival with Harry Bicket, the Linbury Studio ROH2 for English Bach Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recital she has performed at the National Portrait Gallery, Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Barbican Hall, Purcell Room, St. James’ Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Future plans include a further recital at the National Portrait Gallery, concert performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and Haydn’s Creation for Rotherham Choral Society, as well as a recital of Scandinavian song at the London Song Festival.