Amy Maude Helfer, American mezzo-soprano, is gaining attention as a versatile singing actor, especially noted for her comedic timing and "gorgeous voice."
In 2017, Amy sang Pitti-Sing in a “Re-Imagined” Mikado, and debuted the role of Lady Angela (Patience) with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP), performed on Ivoryton Playhouse’s summer cabaret series “Playhouse on the Shore,” sang excerpts as Frade (The Dybbuk) at Queens College and Merkin Hall, and was alto soloist in Part One of Handel’s Messiah at Rutgers.
Upcoming appearances 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. In July, Amy will make a role and festival debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
In 2016, Amy made role and company debuts as Baba the Turk (The Rake's Progress) with String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Mercédès (Carmen) with Opera Theater of Connecticut. She was alto soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Christ lag in Todesbanden with Hudson Opera Theatre, sang Cole Porter and Mozart concerts with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Music Festival, and made a role debut as Melissa (Princess Ida) with NYGASP.
Amy enjoyed several debuts in 2015, including her Carnegie Hall debut as alto soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions, company debut as Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard) at Winter Opera Saint Louis, role and company debut as Nancy (Albert Herring) with Bronx Opera, role debut as Tessa (The Gondoliers) with NYGASP, and role and company debut as Petra (A Little Night Music) with Madison Lyric Stage. Also in 2015, Amy was alto soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Hellenic American Conservatory, and reprised her roles of Leila (Iolanthe) and Kate (The Pirates of Penzance) with NYGASP.
Other operatic credits include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at Dayton Opera, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) at Boston Lyric Opera-Opera New England, and the title role in La Cenerentola at Quisisana, Maine.
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.