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Helen Maree Cooper

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Hänsel
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Château de Panloy, France (Westminster Opera)
2021
Angelina
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn (Barefoot Opera)
2021
Hermia
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Royal College of Music
2020
Ruggiero
Alcina (Handel)
Royal College of Music
2020
Tinkerbell (silhouette)
Peter Pan (Richard Ayres)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Louise
Ava's Wedding (Micheal Wolters)
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2015
Mrs quickly
Sir John in Love (Vaughan-Williams)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2015
Lyel
The Snowmaiden (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Eastbourne College - AIMS summer course
2014
Sœur Mathilde
Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc)
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2014
Cenerentola
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2014
Hänsel
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2013
Moth Fairy
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, ABH
2013
Mercedes
Carmen (Bizet)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2012
La Libellule
L'enfant et les sortileges (Ravel)
Eastbourne College - AIMS summer course
2012

Musical Theatre

Mezzo-soprano
Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Various)
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
2015
Mrs Segstrom
A Little Night Music (Sondheim)
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2014

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto Soloist
Bach Magnificat (Bach)
St Edburg Church, Biecester
2016
Alto Soloist
Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Mozart)
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
2016
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall, Shropshire
2015
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Blue Coat School Chapel, Harbourne, Birmingham
2015
Alto soloist
Requiem (Durufle)
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham
2015
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
St Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth
2014
Alto soloist
Liebeslieder Waltzes (Brahms)
Symphony Hall Foyer, Birmingham
2014

Choral

Alto
Various (Various)
Festival Voices
2017
Alto
Various (Various)
Philharmonia Chorus
2016
Alto
Various (Various)
CBSO Chorus
2012

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Helen Maree Cooper

Helen Maree Cooper

Helen Maree Cooper

Helen Maree Cooper

Helen Maree Cooper

Royal College of Music - Mercers’ Arts Award (2020)

Mario Lanza opera prize (2015)

Winifred Micklam Prize (2011)

Competitions

Mario Lanza opera prize (2014)

MMus Performance (Vocal)
Royal College of Music
2019–2022
National Opera Studio - Short Course
National Opera Studio
2017
BMus(Hons) Vocal and Opera Studies
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2011–2015

Helen Maree Cooper is studying for a Masters of Performance at the Royal College of Music with Tim Evans-Jones and Andrew Robinson, generously supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and the RCM Study Award. Recent roles in RCM opera scenes include Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ruggiero Alcina. This summer, 2020, she was due to perform Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel at the Château de Panloy, France, as a Westminster Opera Emerging Artist, and Angelina La Cenerentola for Barefoot Opera’s production at Grimeborn, both now postponed to 2021.

Helen’s other roles include Lel The Snow Maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov), Mrs Segstrom A Little Night Music (Sondheim), Sœur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Mercedes Carmen (Bizet) and La Libellule L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel). She created the role of Louise for the premiere of Michael Wolter’s Ava’s Wedding in 2015.

Her solo oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, performed in venues such as West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge), St Chad’s Cathedral and Symphony Hall Foyer (Birmingham). She has performed and broadcast across Europe as as a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme, and has recently worked with contemporary vocal ensemble Festival Voices and the CBSO Chorus.

Helen is the founder and director of Belle Nuit, a concert series raising money for Crisis UK for which she recently received the RCM Mercers’ Arts Award to support her outreach aims. She has performed in galas in support of the Grenfell Tower residents at Cadogan Hall and SWAPRA (championing the work of women in opera) at Opera Holland Park, and volunteers as a director of the Philharmonia Chorus, representing singers on the Student Scheme.

Helen is a strong dancer, having attended the North London Dance Studio from the age of five, achieving Grade 8 Ballet (RAD), Advance 1 Modern (ISTD), Advance 2 Tap (ISTD) and competing in the All England Dance Festival. This training led her to dance the role of Tinkerbell’s animation silhouette in the world premiere Welsh National Opera production of Peter Pan (Richard Ayres), directed by Keith Warner.

Helen received her BMus (Hons) in Vocal and Operatic Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Louise Crane and received further coaching from Robin Bowman, Janet Haney, Paul Wingfield & Philip White. During her time at the RBC, she was awarded 2nd place in the Winifred Micklam Prize for outstanding performance and Highly Commended in the Mario Lanza Opera Prize, adjudicated by Janis Kelly.

Helen has had further training at the National Opera Studio: The Studio Experience, where she received coaching from Steven Maughan, Della Jones, Florence Daguerre de Hureaux and Ralph Strehle. She was also awarded a full bursary to attend Ardingly International Music School.

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