Helen-Jane Howells - soprano

Cornish-Welsh soprano Helen-Jane Howells began her musical life as a flautist and jazz singer.  2010 was an exciting year with Purcell’s The Fairy Queen as soloist (Eve) and chorus under William Christie for Les Arts Florissant after its successful Glyndebourne Festival and Proms performances.  In the summer she was a recital soloist in the Ryedale Festival, cover Atalanta in Handel Serse for Iford Festival Opera; Despina Cosi fan Tutte, Woodhouse Opera; soprano soloist with Florilegium (Quimper Music Festival) and in the Autumn returned to Glyndebourne to perform the role of 'Amore' in L'incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne on Tour 2010.

She is a Samling Scholar; postgraduate of the Royal College of Music, and the winner of various vocal prizes with the most recent being first prize in the 2010 Patricia Routledge AESS competition.  She is passionate performer of oratorio with recent highlights being: Mozart C Minor Mass; Bach B Minor and St. Matthew Passion; Monteverdi Vespers; Mendelssohn Elijah; Haydn Nelson Mass and Handel Messiah as soloist with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh in Spain.

Further ahead: Helen-Jane will create the role of Lily Smalls in an international co-production of John Metcalf's Under Milk Wood and will take part, as soprano soloist, in a unique new staging of the St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Bach Cantata projects with the Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music; Opera Dijon and Le Concert D'Astree under Johnny Cohen (Dido et Aeneas), featured soloist in the Presteigne Festival and also the Three Choirs Festival and a concert of Bach at the Aldeburgh Festival with La Nuova Musica.