Recently described by critics as ‘The most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’ with ‘8 stars out of 5’ for her performance of Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, Australian born Helena Dix has secured her name on the operatic stages all around the world.
Helena has had a great deal of success in competitions, most notably representing Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Helena was also runner up in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the McDonalds Aria held at the Sydney Opera House. She made her USA debut as a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Opera competition to great critical review.
Helena’s operatic repertoire includes: The title role in Cristina Regina di Svezia for Wexford Festival Opera, Oldenburg Staatstheatre and Chelsea Opera group, Elettra in Idomeneo and Odabella in Attila for Nurember Staatsopera and Lubeck opera, Gioconda in La Gioconda for Vallodiad, Flowermaiden Parsifal for English National Opera, Elvira (cover) in Ernani for The Metropolitan Opera, Isabella in Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera where she has also covered Frasquita in Carmen and Karolina in The Two Widows. Also, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Nella Gianni Schicchi for The Opera Project, Li-Li Greed for the Glyndebourne Young Artist Project and Musetta in La Boheme for Opera Novella. She has also covered the title role Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera.
Her concert engagements include: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Mozart Coronation Mass in C, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Mendelssohn Elijah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Faure Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Chausson Poème de l’amour et de la mer , Orff Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Verdi Requiem for which she is always in demand.
Helena is a regular favourite at The Metropolitan Opera where she has covered the roles of Elvira in Ernani (Levine), Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux (Benini), Elettra in Idomeneo (Levine) and Norma – Title role (Rizzi).
Ms Dix was delighted to return home to Australia to star in her first staged Wagner role Elsa in Lohengrin and was then a last minute addition to Melbourne opera’s Robert Devereux where critics rated her ‘8 out of 5 stars’, saying that she was ‘The most exciting voice since Sutherland.
Some of her highlights last season were covering the fiendish role of Semiramide for The Metropolitan Opera, making her house and role debut at Longborough festival in the title role of Ariadne Auf Naxos and jumping in to rehearse for Sondra Radvanovsky in Roberto Devereux at San Francisco opera.
This season she returned to The Royal Albert Hall to sing the Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, sang her UK Norma debut with Chelsea opera at Cadogan Hall and performed the rare “Ode to a Nightingale” with The Worthing Symphony.
Recently, she had great success in her Metropolitan stage and role debut as Alice in Carsen’s production of Falstaff and was also there covering her first Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito. She also jumped in at 48 hours to record Missa Sabrenesis by Howells with the BBC Concert orchestra and The Bach choir which will be released on Hyperion records.
Helena will finish off the season by singing Ode to a Nightingale with the Ealing Symphony at St. John’s Smith Square and then she returns home to Australia for the Title role in Norma.