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.
Soprano 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.
” 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-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.
Soprano 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.
Soprano Helen-Jane Howells appears in the Bach Unwrapped 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 works for the first time with Ensemble La Fenice directed by Jean Tubéry for Purcell’s King Arthur at the Festival de Musique Baroque in Lyon. Performances on December 15 & 16.
Soprano Helen-Jane Howells makes her first appearance on BBC Radio 3 on April 21 at 19.00. Stepping in at short notice, Helen-Jane joined The Bach Choir, Florilegium and conductor David Hill for Bach’s St Matthew Passion recorded on April 10 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Full details can be found here and the performance will be available to listen again for 7 days via BBC Iplayer.
David Hill’s new version of the Fauré Requiem for choir and small instrumental ensemble is broadcast on April 20 and will also be available on Iplayer for a week.