Recognition for Under Milk Wood

John Metcalfe’s Under Milk Wood – in which soprano Helen-Jane Howells created the roles of Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls and Mrs Pugh –  was chosen as one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Operas of 2014. In addition, the work is a finalist in the World Premiere category of The Opera Awards 2015.

Helen-Janes Howells Under Milk Wood

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resSoprano Helen-Jane Howells takes the roles of Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls and Mrs Pugh in the world premier of John Metcalfe’s opera Under Milk Wood. A co-production between Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea), Le Chien qui Chante (Quebec) and Companion Star (New York) performances take place on April 3, 4, 5 – Swansea; 8 – Aberystwyth, 11 & 12 – Cardiff & 15 – Caernarfon. The tour is part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. Keith Turnbull directs and Wyn Davies conducts. Read Helen-Jane’s blog (complete with cute puppy pic) here.

Helen-Jane Howells ‘singing with purity and honesty’

” The instruction “strip to your undies” is nowhere mentioned in Virgil’s epic, but Helen-Jane Howells abandoned her tea dress and was fearless, even as temperatures and rain fell, singing with purity and honesty and no sign of shivering. Her “Remember me” in the famous Lament was heart-rending.” Guardian review of Dido & Aeneas at the Bath International Festival

Helen-Janes Howells on ‘In tune’

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resHelen-Jane Howells will be Sean Rafferty’s guest live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘ In Tune’ tomorrow evening previewing her performance or Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music on Saturday, March 30.

Helen-Jane Howells premieres Ping

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 011 - Hi resSoprano Helen-Jane Howells sings the first UK performance of Vasco Mendonça’s Ping with Music Theatre Wales. Described by the composer as “a multi-media fantasy for voice, video and performers” the work is a setting of the Samuel Beckett monologue Ping. Partnered by Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, the production opens on March 26 in Cardiff and tours to Aberystwyth and Mold.

Helen-Jane Howells Unwrapped

Soprano Helen-Jane Howells appears in the Bach UnwrappedHelen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. Trudi Davidson 004 - high res series at King’s Place, London on January 3 with Robin Blaze and La Nuova Musica conducted by David Bates in a programme of Bach Cantata 169 and Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden. At the other end of the repertoire, next week Helen-Jane will be joining The Novarra Quartet to record Joseph Phibbs’ The Canticle of the Rose for NMC.

Helen-Jane Howells on Iplayer

Helen-Jane Howells sings Joseph Phibbs’ the Canticle of the Rose  with the Navarra Quartet on Iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017lym9/PreHear_David_Bedford_Joseph_Phibbs_Morgan_Hayes/.  Recorded at the 2011 Presteigne Festival, the piece starts 11’20” into the programme and is available until Sunday December 3.