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Rowan Hellier

Mezzo-soprano

  • Rowan Hellier gave a stand-out performance as the Drummer.
    Rebecca Schmid, Opera Today
  • Rowan Hellier as Cherubino gave a fine performance and genuinely seemed to be enjoying all the frivolity of her role – even the masquerade
    Primi Divi
  • Sung with fierce sweetness by Hellier
    Anna Picard, The Independent
  • sung with a real sense of celebration by Rowan Hellier
    The Independent
  • There was a real intensity here, from the almost aggressive purity of Rowan Hellier's Lucretia
    Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now
  • And at the centre of everything, the Lucretia of the young Scottish mezzo Rowan Hellier is totally gripping, neurotically yet credibly acted, superbly sung in a rich, expressive contralto-like timbre
    Richard Morrison, The Times
  • In the title role, Rowan Hellier switched from long-suffering devotion, to impassioned rejection of Tarquinius's demands, to all-consuming guilt, her maturing Mezzo richly expressive
    Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine
  • Rowan Hellier’s fine mezzo embodies the dignity of this suffering in a tightly focused performance.
    Rian Evans, The Guardian
  • Lyric Mezzo Soprano Rowan Hellier is fast establishing herself as one of the most exciting talents to be seen on the European operatic stage and concert platform. She has been praised for her ‘wonderfully mature, powerful and warm’ voice and her ‘focus, drama and clarity’ in performance. Until recently she was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She studied at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
       
    During her time at the Berlin Staatsoper she sang the roles of Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Annina La Traviata, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Der Trommler Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Hirt Tosca and the title role in Vanitas at both the Berlin and Hamburg Staatsoper. Other roles include Carmen in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cecilio in Mozart’s Lucio Silla for Classical Opera, Dido Dido and Aeneas at the Queen’s Chapel, London, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia for British Youth Opera, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Sesto Giulio Cesare with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Santiago de Compostela Festival, Lola Cavalleria Rusticana at the Barbican, Mercedes Carmen with Diva Opera and Haddo House Opera, and covers of Dorabella Così fan tutte, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Sesto Giulio Cesare and Kitchen Boy Rusalka for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

    She has worked with leading conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov, Laurence Cummings, Christian Kluxen, Julien Salemkour, Nicholas Collon, Leo Hussain, Alexander Soddy, André de Ridder and Omer Meir Wellber.

    Rowan is an active recitalist and concert artist. Highlights include the recent world premiere of Alasdair Nicolson’s Five Hauntings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the St Magnus International Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and appears regularly at Wigmore Hall with The Prince Consort. She performed Elgar’s incidental music for Grania and Diarmid with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for BBC Radio 3, Judith Weir’s woman.life.song at both the Bregenz Festival (recorded for Austrian and German radio broadcast) and LSO St. Luke’s (recorded for BBC Radio 3 broadcast). She has given recitals for Opéra de Lille, the Oxford Lieder Festival singing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, and Perth Festival of the Arts and appears regularly at Wigmore Hall with The Prince Consort. Recordings include mezzo soloist in Mozart Requiem with the Dunedin Consort for Linn Records and Honegger’s Le roi David with the Junges Ensemble Berlin. She has been awarded a place in the First Round of the 50th International Vocal Competition (IVC) ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Opera Category in September 2014.

    Future engagements include Penelope in Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses for Iford Festival conducted by Christian Curnyn, Cyrus Belshazzar and Messiah with the King’s Consort in Versailles, Mahler’s Rückert-lieder at the Bath International Festival, and the world premiere of Philip Glass’s The Trial with Music Theatre Wales at the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Royal Opera House.

    • Iford Opera, Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
      Iford Manor (July 2014)

      Rowan Hellier’s fine mezzo embodies the dignity of this suffering in a tightly focused performance.
      Rian Evans, The Guardian
      The rich-toned Rowan Hellier drew as much lyrical line as she dared from Penelope’s long recitatives, bringing out the character’s essential integrity and tenacity rather than languishing in self-pity.
      Rian Evans, Opera
      Mezzo Rowan Hellier makes a noble, troubled Penelope, her rich lyric tone a huge asset.
      George Hall, The Stage
      Here experience tended to tell: standouts had to be Rowan Hellier as a noble, plangent Penelope with rich mezzo tones throughout.
      Sue Loder, Opera Today
    • The Prince Consort, A Superior Schubertiade – Fit for a Prince
      Wigmore Hall (July 2014)

      Hellier gave us some exquisite shaping of the line in Auf dem Wasser zu singen and there were gorgeous changes in tone colour used to enhance the enharmonic changes at the end of each stanza.
      Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International
    • Dunedin Consort, Mozart Requiem
      Linn Records CKD 449

      Ms. Hellier’s fruity timbre melds well… and she sings with superb control and composure.
      Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts
    • Dunedin Consort - Mozart Requiem
      Lammermuir Festival - St Mary's, Haddington (September 2013)

      From this inferno rang out Rowan Hellier’s wonderfully mature, powerful and warm solo mezzo-soprano voice.
      Alan Coady, bachtrack.com
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alasdair Nicolson Premiere
      St. Magnus Festival (June 2013)

      Complementing these lively musical narratives was a world premier by festival director Alasdair Nicolson, Shadows On The Wall (Five Hauntings For Voice And Orchestra). Mezzo soprano Rowan Hellier was compelling, with her rich, matt velvet tone, as she performed these haunted and expressive melodies with focus, drama and clarity.
      Rosenna East, The Herald
    • Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Drummer)
      Staatsoper Berlin (February 2013)

      Rowan Hellier gave a stand-out performance as the Drummer.
      Rebecca Schmid, Opera Today
      The Drummer, the almost dramatically haunting contralto Rowan Hellier, was played like a fragile action figures.
      Irene Constantin, Neues Deutschland
      [Rowan Hellier as] the singing Drummer was vocally excellent
      Udo Badelt, Der Tagesspiegel
      There was excellent support from mezzo-soprano Rowan Hellier as the Drummer.
      Ingrid Wanja, Der Opernfreund
    • Carmen (Carmen Highlights), The Gannochy Trust’s 75th Birthday Concert
      Perth Concert Hall (June 2012)

      Rowan Hellier, dressed in a bright scarlet satin dress carrying a red carnation, sang the Habanera and Seguedilla simply beautifully.
      David Smythe, BachTrack
      Extracts from Bizet's Carmen, featuring superb Perth-born mezzo Rowan Hellier in the title role.
      Michael Tumelty, The Herald Scotland
    • Cecilio (Mozart’s Lucio Silla), Classical Opera Company,
      Cadogan Hall, London (March 2012)

      Rowan Hellier as Cecilio is a strongly focused, bright-hued mezzo.
      Hilary Finch, The Times
      Rowan Hellier, as Cecilio, delivered the other really excellent performance of the evening and was the singer that impressed me the most. She possesses a wide mezzo range, with a dark edge in the lower register and clear, easy high notes in the top of her voice, which she is capable of sustaining above the orchestra with remarkable ease. Her tone is warm and varied and she also displayed an elegant, delicate legato line, particularly during her final aria.
      Margarida Mota-Bull, Seen and Heard International
      [Rowan Hellier’s] mezzo…was agile, characterful and almost casually virtuosic.
      Peter Reed, Classical Source
      Rowan Hellier as the hero Cecilio...won over the audience completely with her extraordinarily warm voice, which has an astonishingly beautiful and introspective quality to it.
      Tullia Giersberg, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    • Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), British Youth Opera
      (September 2011)

      And at the centre of everything, the Lucretia of the young Scottish mezzo Rowan Hellier is totally gripping, neurotically yet credibly acted, superbly sung in a rich, expressive contralto-like timbre.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      There was a real intensity here, from the almost aggressive purity of Rowan Hellier's Lucretia
      Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now
      In the title role, Rowan Hellier switched from long-suffering devotion, to impassioned rejection of Tarquinius's demands, to all-consuming guilt, her maturing Mezzo richly expressive.
      Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine
      Sung with fierce sweetness by Hellier
      Anna Picard, The Independent
      Rowan Hellier manages the even harder feat of representing the violated Lucretia in terminal meltdown.
      George Hall, The Guardian
    • Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro)
      WNO

      ...a fine Cherubino from Rowan Hellier
      Crackerjack
      Rowan Hellier as Cherubino gave a fine performance and genuinely seemed to be enjoying all the frivolity of her role – even the masquerade
      Primi Divi
    • Oxford Lieder Festival
      (October 2009)

      Hellier’s sublime performance of Brahms’s famous lullaby was a highlight...Hellier demonstrated both vocal and dramatic prowess to give compelling accounts of these songs
      The Oxford Times
    • woman.life.song (by Judith Weir)
      Barbican

      sung with a real sense of celebration by Rowan Hellier
      The Independent
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      Photographer credit: Jan Voth