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Helen Stanley

Mezzo soprano

Helen Stanley was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where she was supported by the JC Findlay Foundation and the Josephine Baker Trust. Her previous roles have included Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Hyäle (Actéon). She has also spent two summers in the chorus of Grange Park Opera, and covered the role of Filipyevna in their Eugene Onegin. In scenes she has played Lady Essex (Gloriana), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), Angelina (La Cenerentola) and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia). Helen has taken part in performances of new works at the Grimeborn Festival, Tête à Tête Opera Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most recently, she created the roles of Hildigunnr in Red as Blood by Joel Rust and Bellisant in Bare by Philip Ashworth.

Helen’s recent concert performances have included Handel Dixit Dominus with the Southbank Sinfonia, Elgar Sea Pictures and Vivaldi Gloria. Other solo work has included Schmitt La Tragedie de Salome with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in Daniel-Lesur Cantique des Cantiques with the BBC Symphony Chorus, as part of the BBC Proms. She has also performed in masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmair, Håkan Hagegård at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Robert Tear and Simon Keenlyside at the London Song Festival.

"The sisters were excellent ... Helen Stanley's bold Dorabella, an accomplished vocal and comic turn." - Opera Magazine, Cosi fan Tutte

"Matching him in downright sauciness was soprano Helen Stanley who brought a bit of Beyoncé-esque attitude to the role of the showgirl who wraps everyone around her little finger." - West End Wilma, L’Italiana in Algeri

"On the night that I attended both Helen Stanley and Oliver Brignall gave stand-out performances" - London Theatre Reviews, L’Italiana in Algeri

"But given the high technical demands of this music of glittering surfaces, it really needs to be said that Helen Stanley was fully equal to the demands of the steepling, vertiginous coloratura that garland her role" - British Theatre, L’Italiana in Algeri

"It is the role of Isabella, performed by Helen Stanley, that Rossini has set up to be the star, and Stanley was definitely a star." - Planet Hugill, L’Italiana in Algeri