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Helena Leonard

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Giulietta
Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Opera Box
First Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
English National Opera
Helena
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
English National Opera
Carolina
The Fairy-Queen (Purcell)
English National Opera
Leonora
Il trovatore (Verdi)
Welsh National Opera
Ariadne
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Welsh National Opera
Aida
Aida (Verdi)
Welsh National Opera
Tosca
Tosca (Puccini)
Scottish Opera
Mother and Witch
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Scottish Opera Go Round
Helmwige
Die Walküre (Wagner)
Mastersingers
Musetta​
La bohème (Puccini)
Scottish Opera
Leonora
La forza del destino (Verdi)
Candid Opera ( in Italian)
Leonora
La forza del destino (Verdi)
Kentish Opera ( In English)
Rosalinda
Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)
Somerset Opera
Marcellina
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Grange Park Opera (In English)
Tosca
Tosca (Puccini)
Opera Project (In English)
Donna Anna
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Opera Box (In English)
Lady Macbeth
Macbeth (Verdi)
Scottish Opera Go Round
Micaela
Carmen (Bizet)
The Carmen Project / Commedia Prod.
Amelia
A Masked Ball (Verdi)
Wilmslow Opera
Leonora
Il trovatore (Verdi)
Pheonix Opera / Wilmslow Opera
Pamina
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Bloomsbury Opera (In English)
Aida
Aida (Verdi)
Opera Box
Leonora
Fidelio (Beethoven)
Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra (German)
Santuzza
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Italian Liverpool Opera

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano
13 Moravaian Duets (Dvorak)
Petworth Festival
Soloist
Chants d'Auvergne series 1 (Canteloube)
Somerset Orchestra
Soloist
Four Last Songs (Strauss, R)
Boston Sinfonia, Boston Lincs
Soloist
Requiem (Verdi)
Lancaster Choral Society
Soloist
A German Requiem (Brahms)
Bradford Choral Society
Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Northwich and District Festival Choir
Soloist
The Seasons (Haydn)
Northwich and District Festival Choir
Soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Dudley Choral Society
Soprano Soloist
Mass In C (Beethoven)
Spelthorne Choral Society
soloist
St Cecilia Mass (Gounod)
Spelthorne Choral Society
soloist
9th Choral Symphony (Beethoven)
Lancaster Choral Society
Guest Soloist
Frauenliebe und Leben (Schumann)
Wigan Music Society
soloist
I am Richard Strauss (Strauss, R)
Purcell Room
soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvořák)
Phoenix Opera
soloist
Sempre Verdi (Verdi)
Purcell Room
soloist
Gloria (Poulenc)
Petersfield Festival
Soprano Soloist
4 Quartets opus 92 (Brahms)
St Mary’s, Bramber,
Soprano Soloist
Spanisches Liederspiel (Schumann)
St Mary's, Bramber
Soprano Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Scarborough Choral Society.

Other

Snow Queen;Libetta; Grandma;Old Lady & other roles
The Snow Queen (James Atherton)
Little Pixie Productions

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

01 Frühling Strauss

02 September Strauss

03 Beim Schlafengehen Strauss

04 Im Abendrot Strauss

05 Liebestod Wagner

06 Morgen Opus 27, Number 4 Strauss

Helena Leonard Amelia Ecco l orrido campo MP3

Helena Leonard Ariadne Es gibt ein Reich MP3

Helena Leonard Elisabeth Dich teure Halle MP3

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‘Helena Leonard (Leonora) fielded tone as steady as a rock and instinctive breath of phrase, and she has all the notes easily at her command, which is saying one hell of a lot’ Rodney Milnes, Opera Magazine

‘Splendidly dramatic in both arias. Both very finely sung throughout the range with an amazingly exciting top to the voice and a rich range of colours. Very good’ Donald Maxwel, 2013

‘Verdi once demanded that Lady Macbeth should possess “a rough, hollow, stifled voice”. He would have been disappointed in Helena Leonard. Hers was a voice of power and vitality and she had a stage presence that more than ably captured the persona of Macbeth’s venomous wife’ Lady Macbeth, Scottish Opera Go Round (Dundee Courier) ‘The opera’s principal singing role is really Lady Macbeth, and the soprano Helena Leonard gives a powerful account of her.’ (The Scotsman) ‘Without orchestral colour, the skills of designer Tom Piper and lighting designer Bruno Poet are invaluable too. Indeed, the scene change from farmhouse to the Macbeth’s castle is achieved purely through lighting and Helena Leonard’s acting as Lady Macbeth. She, as much as any in the cast, seems to appreciate the chance to let both her voice and acting become liberated by the scale of the production.’ (The Stage Online) ‘Scottish Opera swept into town and stunned an Arts Guild audience with the awesome sound of a soprano…

It is an excellent voice, a Lyrico Spinto….. Warm, flexible, expressive with a powerful top just the right sound for the big Verdi soprano roles (and there aren’t many of those around)!!’ Personal recommendation: Rosalind Plowright

LTCL
Trinity College of Music
Part-time studies (on secondment from ENO)
National Opera Studio
Post Graduate Vocal Diploma
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Helena Leonard (soprano) has established herself firmly in the lyrico spinto repertoire with recent successes including Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana Italian Liverpool Opera; Leonora Il Trovatore Welsh National Opera, Phoenix Opera and Wilmslow Opera; Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos Welsh National Opera; the title role Aida Welsh National Opera and Opera box; Lady Macbeth Macbeth Scottish Opera Go Round to critical acclaim; Tosca Scottish Opera and Opera Project; Amelia A Masked Ball Wilmslow Opera.

Helena Leonard made her professional debut with English National Opera where her roles and covers included First Lady Die Zauberflöte, Second Niece Peter Grimes and Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This led to further appearances as Helmwige Die Walküre Mastersingers; Micaela Carmen The Carmen Project and Commedia Productions; Musetta La Boheme Scottish Opera; and Marcellina Le Nozze Di Figaro for Grange Park Opera.

Notable concert performances include a gala concert at The Cadogan Hall with The Hillingdon Choral Society & Orchestra; Leonora Fidelio for the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra in Germany; I Am Richard Strauss and Sempre Verdi at the Purcell Room with The Company of Singers; Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Boston Sinfonia, and 13 Moravian Duets by Dvorak in Czech for the Petworth Festival; and Songs of the Auvergne - Series 1 with the Somerset County Orchestra.

Oratorio performances have taken Helena throughout the British Isles including venues such as the City of London Festival (Broadgate Arena), Salters Hall Barbican, Blackheath Concert Halls, St James’s Guernsey and The Purcell Room. Recent oratorio work includes Beethoven’s Mass in C and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony.

Helena’s television work has included the Countess in La nozze di Figaro in Nicholas Nickleby for Carlton Television.

Helena is also Co Artistic Director Little Pixie Productions, this is an award winning theatre company run by three sisters: Rebecca Little, Helena Leonard and Vicky Sklar. They create theatre for everyone fusing genres that include imaginative storytelling, movement and dance, original music and song from musical theatre and operatic traditions. We are dedicated to removing the barriers surrounding classical music genres, making them accessible to all ages with the quality expected from this art form.

Helena has performed in and co devised three of their shows: The Nightingale of South Bank, Sing We Noel and Operatastic! The Accessible Guide to Opera. She has also appeared in their Christmas show Paper Angel and has just finished a national tour of their latest show, The Snow Queen; Helena sang multiple roles. including the role of the Snow Queen.
 

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