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Buxton Festival Young Artist Bursary (2016)
Leverhulme Trust bursary (2012)
Coutts bursary (2011)
D'Oyly Carte Scholarship (2011)
Association of English Singers and Speakers - finalist (2013)
Middlesbrough-born soprano, Helen Bailey, enjoys a busy schedule of opera, oratorio, and recital engagements. She is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, where she studied under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie and Jonathan Papp, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, a Coutts bursary, and a D'Oyly Carte scholarship. She recently received the inaugural Buxton Festival Young Artists Bursary, generously supported by the Directors Circle, to be awarded annually to an outstanding member of the Buxton Festival Chorus. Helen currently studies with Janice Chapman.
After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a First class degree in English Literature and Cultural History, Helen trained and worked as a secondary school teacher, before completing two postgraduate diplomas at Trinity College of Music. She then studied on the Vocal Studies Masters course at The Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Foundation, during which time she received a distinction for the LRAM vocal teaching diploma.
Helen's operatic roles include Leonore (cover, Beethoven: Leonore, Buxton Festival Opera), Giovanna (cover, Verdi: Giovanna d'arco, Buxton Festival Opera), Véronique (Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle, Pop-Up Opera), Rosina (Haydn: La Vera Costanza, Royal Academy Opera, cond. Trevor Pinnock CBE), Aunt Norris (Dove: Mansfield Park, Royal Academy Opera), Cathleen (Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea, Royal Academy Opera), First Lady/Papagena (Mozart: The Magic Flute, Bath International Festival Opera), Belinda (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Blackheath Halls Opera), Giannetta (Donizetti: The Elixir of Love, Blackheath Halls Opera), Waltraute (Wagner: Die Walküre, St. Endellion Festival, cond. Martyn Brabbins), Vitellia (Mozart: The Clemency of Titus, Hampstead Garden Opera), First Lady (Mozart: The Magic Flute, Hampstead Garden Opera), Susannah (Floyd: Susannah, Hampstead Garden Opera), Fiordiligi (cover, Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, Jackdaws' Opera Plus), Micaëla (Bizet: Carmen, Mean Time Opera), Countess (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, OperaGold), Frantik/Mrs Pasek/Cock (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Ryedale Festival Opera), Anne Truelove (Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress, Trinity College of Music), and chorus/puppeteer in the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davis' Kommilitonen! (The Royal Academy of Music).
On the concert platform, Helen has performed songs by Mahler with Maidstone Wind Symphony, Britten's Our Hunting Fathers, conducted by James Judd and accompanied by the TCM Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at New Year's Eve opera galas at St Martin in the Fields. Recently, she performed John Mackey's Songs from the end of the world. Together with various other singers, Helen has devised, performed, and toured copious recital series including a Shakespeare Song celebration concert and 'The Seven Ages of Woman', a concert of songs and poetry.
Helen performs regularly as a soloist with the Ember, Sutton Valence, Botley, Compton and Shawford choral societies, The Seventy Singers, and Bromley Oecumenical Singers.
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