helen-jane howells - soprano
Following an early career in the jazz world, British soprano Helen-Jane Howells trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
Helen-Jane has sung Eve The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy of Music with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, Amore L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne on Tour, a staging of the St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Vasco Mendonça's Ping with Music Theatre Wales, Dido Dido & Aeneas at The Bath Festival,Tom Smail's Soon at the Tête à Tête Festival. She recently created the roles of Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls and Mrs Pugh in John Metcalfe's Under Milk Wood on tour throughout Wales.
On the concert platform she has performed Messiah in Spain, the St Matthew Passion in Lausanne and Wroclaw and The Fairy Queen in Beaune with The Gabrieli Consort / Paul McCreesh, also with McCreesh, Amore in Gluck Orphée et Euridyce with the Spanish National Orchestra; She has sung Bach Cantatas and Magnificat with the Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr and Beethoven Mass in C at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival. Other engagements have included the St Matthew Passion with The Bach Choir / David Hill, the St John Passion with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas Kraemer, Bach B Minor Mass with The Bach Choir / Hill, Messiah with Kraemer and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, King Arthur with Ensemble La Fenice / Jean Tubéry as well as Bach with La Nuova Musica / David Bates. Helen-Jane has been a featured artist at the 2011 and 2013 Presteigne Festivals.
Her recordings include Handel and Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi USA and Joseph Phibbs' The Canticle of the Rose with The Novarra Quartet for NMC.