Helen Hill – 2007



A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio, Helen has performed in both national and regional opera companies such as the Australian Opera, Eastern Metropolitan Opera and Melbourne City Opera. Her roles include Clarice (Prokofiev’s Love of three Oranges), Zita (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), Principessa / Abbess (Puccini’s Suor Angelica), La Frugola (Puccini’s Il Tabarro), Marcellina (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro), Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan) and Praskowia (Lehar’s The Merry Widow).

As a chorus member Helen has sung in Tosca, Il Trovatore, Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, I Pagliacci and La Traviata. .With a strong background in choral music, Helen has sung with the Melbourne Chorale, Gloriana (co-founder) and the Faye Dumont Singers in both soloist and chorister capacity. Helen is a regular church soloist and recitalist. Her repertoire includes the alto solos in Messiah (Handel), Gloria (Vivaldi), Choral Fantasia (Beethoven), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Vespers (Rachmaninov), Requiem (Mozart), Requiem (Verdi), O Pulchritudo (Menotti) and Sea Pictures (Elgar).

With colleagues she has performed in the Apollo Bay and Port Fairy Music Festival on a number of occasions as well as in private and corporate functions. As well as performing the Rachmaninov Vespers with Melbourne Chorale in Perth in November 2003, Helen performed the role of La Frugola in Il Tabarro (Puccini) with Melbourne City Opera. A recital containing Elgar’s Sea Pictures in March 2004 and Melbourne and country Victoria performances of Requiem (Mozart) as alto soloist in April with the Victoria Chorale followed.

Helen participated in a period concert in Clunes in September, performed Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (MCO) with excellent reviews in November and finished off the year as a guest soloist in Carols in Canterbury.Engagements in 2005 included Messiah in Melbourne and Castlemaine at Easter, Marcellina (cover) in The Marriage of Figaro in June, La Traviata and regular concerts and carols for the remainder of the year.

In 2006 Helen was the alto soloist in Missa O Puchritudo (Menotti) for the Italian Festival, performed the role of Praskowia for MCO’s The Merry Widow (Lehar) and is looking forward to revisiting the Rachmaninov Vespers for Melbourne Chorale 40th birthday concert and being the mezzo soloist in the Requiem (Verdi) in November with the Preston Symphony.