Helen Évora is a British-Cuban Mezzo Soprano based in the UK. She grew up in Devon, and began singing lessons during her A Level studies at Exeter College. Helen is very grateful to her first singing teacher, the late Chris Wilson, for his unwavering support and encouragement throughout her training. Helen went on to win full Scholarships to attend Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she attained her First Class BMus (Hons) and MMus respectively. She then completed the two year Opera Course at the Guildhall School. Throughout her studies at TCM and GSMD, Helen was privileged to study with Professor Susan McCulloch. She is very grateful to The Clare Francis Trust; The Ogden Trust; and the Worshipful Company of Girdlers for their generous support throughout her postgraduate studies. After the Opera Course, Helen became a freelance performer for the following ten years, before joining Opera North - England's national company in the North - in August 2016.
Helen's varied Repertoire reflects her versatility as a performer, and her varied musical interests. Her Opera & Operetta roles include: Rosina The Barber of Seville (Merry Opera; Heritage Opera; Focus Opera; highlights for London Festival Opera); Dorabella Così fan tutte (Focus Opera at Chiswick House; Opera by definition); Maddalena Rigoletto (Diva Opera; Pavilion Opera; cover for Iford Opera); Annina Der Rosenkavalier (Opera North); title role Carmen (Riverside Opera); Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Focus Opera; Pavilion Opera); Lel The Snow Maiden (cover at Opera North); Meg Page Falstaff (GSMD); title role La Périchole (Opera South); Cathleen Riders to the Sea (Opera Fringe NI); Mercédès Carmen (NCO at the Minack Theatre); Flora La Traviata (Focus Opera); La Suora Zelatrice Suor Angelica (cover at Opera North); Lady Angela Patience (CCO at the King's Head). Helen's MusicTheatre roles include Anita West Side Story (Greenwich Theatre); Mrs Mullin Carousel (Opera North); Sally Bowles Cabaret (TCM at Greenwich Theatre); Arminy Carousel (Opera North at the London Barbican); Kate/Lilli Kiss me, Kate! (cover at Opera North); and most recently, Little Red Riding Hood Into the Woods (Opera North at the West Yorkshire Playhouse). Full Repertoire List here
On the Oratorio and Concert platform, highlights include the Mozart Requiem at Cadogan Hall, London; the Devon Proms in the Park conducted by Guy Woolfenden OBE; Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Valencia; and Opera Galas aboard the Queen Mary II and for Barrandov Opera.
|In the 2015/16 Season, Helen was delighted to perform in Opera North's highly-acclaimed new co-production with the West Yorkshire Playhouse of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. She played (a somewhat psychotic) Little Red Riding Hood. See Reviews Other roles that Season include Rosina The Barber of Seville (Merry Opera; Heritage Opera; Focus Opera; & also highlights for London Festival Opera); Mrs Mullin Carousel (Opera North); Flora La Traviata, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Focus Opera at Chiswick House, London); Mércèdes Carmen (NCO at the stunning Minack Theatre, Cornwall); and cover Kate/Lilli in Cole Porter's Kiss me, Kate! (Opera North). |
Since joining the company on a permanent basis, Helen made her mainstage début as Annina in the revival of the award-winning David McVicar production of Der Rosenkavalier. See Reviews She has also covered the roles of La Suora Zelatrice Suor Angelica; Lel The Snow Maiden in Opera North's Fairytale Season; sung the role of Young Widow in Janácek's Osud; covered the roles of Louis XV Chair, Female Cat, Owl in L'enfant et les sortileges; and covered the lead female role of Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti in the Little Greats season. Most recently she covered the title role in Kiss me, Kate!; and covered and performed the role of Sylvaine in The Merry Widow. This season she sings the role of Second Lady The Magic Flute in a new production directed by James Brining and conducted by Robert Howarth. Please contact Helen here for a programme biography.