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Helen Lepalaan

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Mezzo-Soprano

Helen Lepalaan graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and studied further in Holland and Germany. In 2006–2008 she was the soloist of Opera Zuid, where, in addition to other roles, she sung the leading roles in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Massenet’s “Cinderella” and Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”. Her repertoire includes also Dorabella (Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”), Kate Pinkerton and Suzuki (Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”), Maddalena (Verdi’s “Rigoletto”), Tchaikovsky’s Polina (“The Queen of Spades”) and Olga (“Eugene Onegin”), Blanche (Prokofiev’s “The Gambler”), Valet (Dvořák’s “Rusalka”), Orlofsky (Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”), Carmela (de Falla’s “La vida breve”), mezzo-soprano solos in Ravel’s opera “L’enfant et les sortileges” and in Debussy’s opera-ballet “The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian”. Her concert repertoire includes Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’été” with the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra (cond. Ludovic Morlot), mezzo-soprano parts in oratorios, including J. S. Bach’s “Mass in B minor”, St John’s and St Matthew’s “Passion” as well as the “Christmas Oratorio”, Händel’s “Messiah”, Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor” KV 427, Requiems by Verdi and Dvořák, Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” and Symphony No. 9, Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle”, etc. Her singing has found much acclaim by international press. She has sung on many renowned stages Germany, Belgium, Holland and England, including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Welsh National Opera and Heidelheim Opera Festival. Since 2009 she sings in the chamber music ensemble “Trio Kybele”, the prize winner of many international music competitions. Her recent engagements include performing the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Heidelheim Opera Festival and a debut at Opera North with the role of Sesto in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” (2013). At the Estonian National Opera Lepalaan has sung the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen” and in Händel’s “Julius Caesar”. Her future engagements include performances at the Baltic Sea Festival in Sweden, in Edinburgh with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and recitals in Tallinn and Tartu.

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