May 2013- Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Florilegium conducted by Ashley Solomon and directed by Martin Constantine for the Bath Early Music Festival
“Howells...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"
“Enchantingly pure, open singing from the leads Helen-Jane Howells as Dido and Elin Manahan Thomas as Belinda"
Fiona Maddocks, Observer & Michael White, Telegraph on Dido & Aeneas in the Roman Baths with Florilegium at the Bath Festival May 2013
March & April 2013 - soprano soloist in Vasco Mendonca's premiere opera Ping conducted by Michael Rafferty and directed by Michael McCarthy for Music Theatre Wales.
Times 4* review (Hilary Finch) “McCarthy’s production has actor Nia Roberts separated by a gauze from her alter ego, the soprano Helen-Jane Howells. They share Beckett’s text like the shifting light of an unstable psyche: both give superb performances, complemented by an electronic score and a stuttering monochrome video projection by Sandro Aguilar. Just two more shows: be sure to be there"
Times review of Vasco Mendonca's Ping with Music Theatre Wales, April 2013
Future roles in 2013:
Belinda in Purcell Dido and Aeneas for Ensemble la Fenice conducted by Jean Tubery in the Uzes and Lyon Baroque Festival (December 2013 and July 2014); Polly and Sophie in Tom Smail's chamber opera Soon (premiere) at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival (August 2013); Lily Smalls (also Mrs Pugh and Gossamer Beynon) in John Metcalfe's Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas) for the Dylan 100 Festival 2014 in an international collaboration with Taliesin Arts and Companion Star, New York and with support from Welsh National Opera
Summer 2012: Soprano soloist, Purcell The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort conducted by Paul McCreesh in the Spitalfields and Beaune Festival
“Fine support came from sopranos Katherine Manley and Helen-Jane Howells (a very perky Spring in the masque of the seasons)"
Four-star times review by Neil Fisher. The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort at the Spitalfields Festival. June 2012
December 2011 - Soprano soloist in the Vocal Futures fully-staged Bach Saint Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlighetenment (led by Suzi Digby) and directed by Patrick Kinmonth. Broadcast online in 2012 by the Daily Telegraph. Visit the Audio page for clips and links
October 2011: Amore - Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice for the National Orchestra of Spain conducted by Paul McCreesh, Madrid, 2011 and broadcast live on national radio (with Ann Hallenburg and Carolyn Sampson)
May 2011: Purcell Dido et Aeneas with Le Concert D'Astree and Dijon Opera. Conductor- Jonathan Cohen (Cover Belinda and 1st witch)
Autumn 2010: Amore - Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Conducted by Jonathan Cohen with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
September 2010: Despina - Mozart Cosi fan Tutte for Woodhouse Opera. Conducted by Joseph Ramadan
July 2010: Atalanta (cover)- Handel Serses* for Iford Opera. Conducted by David Bates
2010 and 2009: Eve - Purcell The Fairy Queen Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2009 (with the OAE) and for Les Arts Florissants in 2010 at the Opera Comqiue, Paris and BAM, New York. Conducted by William Christie (also Laurence Cummings and Jonathan Cohen). Directed by Jonathan Kent, designed by Paul Brown. Awarded the 2010 Olivier Award and Gramophone Awards 2010 for the Opus Arte DVD
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Gretel – E. Humperdinck 'Hansel & Gretel' (Woodhouse Opera, 2008)
Soprano soloist 1 - Purcell 'King Arthur' (Fletching Singers, 2008)
Galatea - Handel 'Acis & Galatea' (Sussex Chorus, 2007 & Fletching Singers, 2007)
Lucy Lockett - John Gay 'The Beggar’s Opera' (Fletching Singers, 2004)
Joanna - Sondheim 'Sweeney Todd' (Welsh National Youth Opera, 2003)
Anna - Nicolai 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (RCM, 2009)
Lëila - Bizet 'The Pearlfishers' (RCM, 2008)
Countessa - Strauss 'Die Fledermaus' (RCM, 2008)
Helena - Britten 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (Ardingly Summer School, 2007)
Marschallin - Strauss 'Der Rosenkavalier '(Ardingly Summer School, 2006)
Frasquita - Bizet 'Carmen' (Ardingly Summer School, 2005)
Anne Truelove - Stravinsky 'The Rake’s Progress' (RWCMD, 2002)
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (2009) - Purcell 'The Fairy Queen' and Handel 'Giulio Cesare'
London Handel Festival - Handel 'Alessandro'
Classical Opera Company - Mozart 'Ascanio in Alba', Dec. 2008
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