Amy Maude Helfer, mezzo-soprano

Amy Maude Helfer, mezzo-soprano

Amy Maude Helfer, mezzo-soprano

Amy Maude Helfer, American mezzo-soprano, is gaining attention as a versatile singing actor, especially noted for her comedic timing and "gorgeous voice."

Recent operatic and oratorio credits include Baba the Turk (The Rake's Progress) with String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Mercédès (Carmen) with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Nancy (Albert Herring) with Bronx Opera, Frade (The Dybbuk) at Queens College and Merkin Hall, alto soloist in Part One of Handel’s Messiah at Rutgers, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at Dayton Opera, Hansel at Boston Lyric Opera-Opera New England, and alto soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall.

Recent credits in operetta and musical theatre include soloist in The Gems of Broadway’s Golden Age, with a Tribute to Leonard Bernstein with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival, Tessa (The Gondoliers), Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard), Lady Angela (Patience), Melissa (Princess Ida), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado “Re-Imagined”), Leila (Iolanthe), and Kate (The Pirates of Penzance) with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP), soloist at Ivoryton Playhouse's summer cabaret series “Playhouse on the Shore,” Petra (A Little Night Music) with Madison Lyric Stage, and Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard) at Winter Opera Saint Louis.

Upcoming appearances include a role and festival debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Previous highlights include Phoebe (Yeomen) at the International G&S Festival in Malvern & Harrogate UK and New York City Center, Lady Saphir (Patience) and Princess Kalyba (Utopia, Limited) with NYGASP, semi-finalist in the 2013 Lotte Lenya Competition, Artist-in-Residence at Dayton Opera in 2013 and 2011, Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Clotilde Lombaste (The New Moon), Susan (The Desert Song), and Ethel Brander (Rose-Marie) with Light Opera of New York, and Kate (Pirates) with Boheme Opera-New Jersey

Amy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in both Voice Performance and Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University. She has served annually as a high holiday cantorial soloist since 2003, and sings in the professional choir at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, Amy currently resides in New York City.

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