Born on a lettuce farm in rural New South Wales, Australian Mezzo Soprano, Helen Sherman now resides in Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom. An alumnus of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music, she was the first person to receive the International Artists Diploma in Opera from the RNCM. Helen has represented Australia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. In 2019 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award (best female performer in an opera) for her portrayal of Poppea, ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’, for Pinchgut Opera. She has been a prize winner at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and sang in the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France, ‘Le Grand Depart’. Helen is a Samling Scholar, associate artist for Classical Opera and YCAT alumnus.
Recent career highlights include Flora Bervoix, 'La Traviata' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tamiri ‘Farnace’, Poppea ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’ and Irene ‘Bajazet’ for Pinchgut Opera, Dorabella ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ for Teatru Manoel, Malta, the title role in ‘Carmen’ for the State Opera of South Australia, Octavian ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, Dorabella ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ and Cherubino ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ for Opera North, Cesare ‘Giulio Cesare’ for Bury Court Opera, Donna Elvira ‘Don Giovanni’ and Sesto ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ for Classical Opera and Christina ‘I Pazzi Per Progetto’ for Festspiele Zurich. Recordings include ‘Mozart in London’ for Signum Records and ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ and ‘Bajazet’ for Pinchgut Live.
Helen’s concert appearances have included performances at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court; Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, QPAC Hall, Middle Temple Hall and The Sage Gateshead; Recitals with James Baillieu at Wigmore Hall and Cheltenham Festival, Roger Vignoles for Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen at Wigmore Hall and with The Australian Haydn Ensemble in their regional tour of New South Wales and Sydney. Helen has performed with The Queensland and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The London Mozart Players, The Australian Haydn Ensemble and Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. She has featured on ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio4 Women’s Hour, BBC Radio3, Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey for BBC4 and recorded with The Orchestra of the Antipodes, Classical Opera and The Mozartists, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Helen is grateful for the support of The Richard Carne Trust, Leslie Macleod-Miller, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Classical Opera Company, The Young Classical Artists Trust, The Kohn Foundation, The Royal Overseas League, The Wingate Trust, The Tait Memorial Trust, Independent Opera, The Australian Music Foundation, The Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Trust, The Dame Joan Sutherland Society, Ars Musica Australis, The Opera and Arts Support Group Sydney, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and International Opera Productions.
“Helen Sherman in the title role was powerful of voice, and she invested her character with convincing psychological realism. Her fiery Habanera was wholly satisfying.”
- Graham Strahle, The Australian 2019