Described by critics as ‘The most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’, Australian born Helena Dix has secured her name on the operatic stages all around the world. Helena has had a great deal of success in competitions, most notably representing Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Helena was also runner up in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the McDonalds Aria held at the Sydney Opera House. She made her USA debut as a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Opera competition to great critical acclaim. In 2022 Helena was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Music.
Helena’s operatic repertoire includes: the title role in Feroni’s CRISTINA REGINA DI SVEZIA for Wexford Festival Opera, Oldenburg Staatstheater and Chelsea Opera Group, Elettra IDOMENEO and Odabella ATTILA for Staatstheater Nürnberg and Lubeck opera, the title-role LA GIOCONDA for Teatro Calderón, Valladolid, Flowermaiden PARSIFAL for English National Opera, Isabella DAS LIEBESVERBOT for Chelsea Opera, Rosalinde DIE FLEDERMAUS and Hanna Glawari THE MERRY WIDOW for Scottish Opera, the Countess LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and a recital of art-song and arias with Seattle Opera, the title-role LUCREZIA BORGIA with Melbourne Opera and Miss Jessel THE TURN OF THE SCREW for Garsington Opera.
Her concert engagements include: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Mozart Coronation Mass in C, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Rheinberger Oratorio de Noel, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Mendelssohn Elijah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Faure Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Chausson Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Orff Carmina Burana, Haydn Creation and Verdi Requiem.
Helena works regularly at The Metropolitan Opera where she has covered the roles of Elvira ERNANI, Elisabetta ROBERTO DEVEREUX, Elettra IDOMENEO, the title-role SEMIRAMIDE, Vitellia LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and the title-role NORMA. Helena made her Metropolitan Opera stage-debut as Alice Ford FALSTAFF.
In her native Australia, Helena’s recent engagements have included her role-debut as Vitellia LA CLEMENZA DI TITO with National Opera, Canberra, and a series of triumphs with Melbourne Opera including Lady Macbeth MACBETH, Elsa LOHENGRIN, the title-role NORMA and the role of Elisabetta in ROBERTO DEVEREUX where critics rated her ‘8 out of 5 stars’.
Engagements elsewhere in recent seasons have included her house and role debut at Longborough festival in the title role ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, covering Sondra Radvanovsky in ROBERTO DEVEREUX at San Francisco opera, a return to The Royal Albert Hall to sing the Verdi Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orff Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall, her UK debut as NORMA with Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall, the rare Ode to a Nightingale with The Worthing Symphony and Elisabetta ROBERTO DEVEREUX for Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Chelsea Opera Group, London which led Hugh Canning to write ‘Australian soprano Helena Dix, sweeping all before her as Queen Elizabeth in a performance to rank with her unforgettable COG Norma – in a word: gobsmacking…Dix is on the way to cult diva status in this repertoire’ Helena has also recorded the Verdi Requiem with the Bach Choir and Missa Sabrenesis by Howells with the BBC Concert orchestra and The Bach choir, released on Hyperion records.
Upcoming engagements include, the title-role (cover) NORMA at the Metropolitan Opera.
Senior Artist Manager
Dix had sheer control, acrobatic agility and apparent fearlessness of her singing, whether she was spinning beautiful lines, terrifying her court (and audience), or hitting stratospheric notes with laser accuracy.
Dix can startle with a capacity to render the unknowable.
She’s a force of nature, her powerful soprano freezing the blood and catching fire all at once.
Bigger voices ride and soar over the chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra, led by Helena Dix’s ecstatic, rapturous soprano. Singing the music’s lines rather than its genre, she steers us firmly into the opera house.
Helena Dix possesses one of Maestro Bonynge’s favourite vocal traits: stunningly spun, delicately soft high notes. She’s an absolute powerhouse and doesn’t disappoint.
Helena Dix is undoubtedly one of those with the vocal and expressive qualities to climb to the summit of this operatic Everest.