Middlesbrough-born soprano, Helen Bailey, is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, Trinity College of Music, and Liverpool John Moores University. Her studies at the Royal Academy of Music were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, a Coutts bursary, and a D’Oyly Carte scholarship.
Helen enjoys a busy schedule of opera, oratorio, and recital engagements, appearing regularly as a soloist with Botley, Ember, Hampton, and Sutton Valance choral societies, Bromley Oecumenical Singers, and Seventy Chamber Choir.
Helen was a finalist in the 2013 Association of English Singers and Speakers competition and has performed in two New Year’s Eve Operetta matinées at St. Martin in the Fields, sang Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers, conducted by James Judd with the TCM Symphony Orchestra, and recently performed Mackey’s Songs from the end of the world and a selection of songs by Mahler with Maidstone Wind Symphony.
Helen has sung principal operatic roles for Ryedale Festival Opera (Pamina The Magic Flute), St Endellion Festival (Waltraute Die Walküre), Meantime Opera (Micaëla Carmen), Bath International Festival Opera (First Lady The Magic Flute), OperaGold (Countess Le nozze di Figaro), and Blackheath Halls Opera (Gianetta L’elisir d’amore). She has also covered principal roles for Buxton Festival Opera (Giovanna Giovanni d’Arco and the title role in Leonore), British Youth Opera (Elisetta Il matrimonio segreto), and Opera Plus (Fiordiligi Così fan tutte).
Helen is delighted to have been awarded the inaugural Buxton International Festival Young Artists Bursary, generously supported by the Directors Circle, to be awarded annually to an outstanding member of the Buxton Festival Chorus.