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Helen Barnett - soprano

Born and raised on a farm at Narromine in central western NSW, Soprano Helen Barnett is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma of Opera and Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera), finishing top of her postgraduate year with a High Distinction. She has also gained the Fellowship in Music from the AMEB (The AMEB’s highest award).

Helen has won many vocal competitions throughout NSW, and has been selected as a semi-finalist and finalist in numerous national competitions. Most notable she has been a winner of the Elizabeth Todd Soprano Award (twice), runner-up in the Opera and Arts Support group vocal scholarship, semi-finalist in the McDonald’s Operatic Aria (three times), and finalist in the Joan Sutherland society scholarship (twice), all run by the McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge. Helen was a semi-finalist (2002) and finalist (2003) in the 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year broadcasting live in NSW, and was a semi-finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award in Melbourne in 2004. Helen has also competed successfully at numerous regional eisteddfodau, winning the Aria competitions in Muswellbrook (3 times), Shoalhaven, Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo (twice) and Cowra. In January 2008 Helen was the recipient of a National Council of Women Australia Day Award for her achievements as a student and performer of Music.

Helen has performed extensively throughout Sydney and NSW in Recital, Opera, Oratorio and Musical Theatre. Her roles include the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Giulietta in excerpts of Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. From July to October 2004 Helen sang in the chorus of Opera Australia’s production of Der Rosenkavalier. Helen has sung the Soprano solos in numerous Oratorios including Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, The Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s 9th Chandos Anthem, Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Poulenc’s Gloria. In 2001 Helen sang in the chorus and coro piccolo of the Australian Ballets’ version of Faures’ Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana. In Musical Thetare, Helen has performed the roles of Emma in Jekyll and Hyde and Griddlebone in Cats, both for the Orange Theatre Company for which she received nominations in the CAT Awards for both roles, and received a CAT award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (for Jekyll and Hyde).

Helen has many projects for 2010 including performing Gershwin and Porter songs in an American Themed concert with the Macquarie Philharmonia, as well as Fiordiligi in a concert version of Così fan Tutte with the same orchestra. Helen is also in the early stages of organising an Opera Gala concert to be held at the Parkes Telescope (“The Dish”) in October 2011.

Helen Barnett has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

20 November 2010


The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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