Born on a lettuce farm in rural New South Wales, Australian-British mezzo soprano Helen Sherman trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM); she was the first person to receive the International Artists Diploma in Opera from the RNCM.
Helen has represented Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition; she also sang in the opening ceremony of the Tour de France, Le Grand Depart. She was nominated for a Helpmann Award (best female performer in an opera) for her portrayal of Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Pinchgut Opera and was a prize winner at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Helen is an alumnus of the Young Classical Artists Trust and The Samiling Instituit for Young Artists.
Recent appearances include Flora in La traviata (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Tamiri in Farnace (Pinchgut Opera), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Teatru Manoel, Malta), the title roles in Carmen (State Opera South Australia) and Giulio Cesare (Bury Court Opera) and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito (Classical Opera Company and The Mozartists).
Helen’s recordings include Mozart in London for Signum Records; and L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bajazet – both for Pinchgut Live. She has also recorded with The Orchestra of the Antipodes, Classical Opera and The Mozartists, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has featured on ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio4 Women’s Hour, BBC Radio3 and Lucy Worsley’s Mozart’s London Odyssey for BBC4.
Helen’s concert appearances include performances at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court; she has sung at Festspiele Zurich, Cheltenham Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival and with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and The London Mozart Players. She has taken the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, QPAC Concert Hall, Middle Temple Hall and The Sage Gateshead.