Unfortunately our advertised Tenor, Simon Curtis, also had to withdraw and was replaced by William Helliwell.
William graduated from the MA Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, with tuition from Janet Price and Michael Pollock.
He was awarded the Monmouth Choral Society Prize, the Manning Singing Prize for three consecutive years and was a finalist in the Russell Sheppard Memorial Competition. He successfully auditioned for Live Music Now in April 2011, established by Ian Stoutzker and Yehudi Menuhin.
Most recently William has been working with Welsh National Opera on their production of Wagner Dream performing the roles of Monk and Pit Chorus and covering the roles of Mosquito and Cockerel in The Cunning Little Vixen. This year also saw William sing Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Ddraig as well as performing as a soloist In a newly devised piece called Future for Beginners for LiveArtShow. William had his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2012 proms season with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales performing Leonard Bernstein’s ‘MASS’.
He has performed in ‘Carmen‘ with Longborough Festival Opera, travelled with British Youth Opera to Italy and France performing ‘La Boheme’ in the Anghiari Music Festival and toured the north of France with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Chorus. William is also part of The Cambrian Consort – Wales’ first professional early music choir.
William has performed in master classes with Gwyn Hughes Jones, Adrian Thompson, Robert Poulton, Donald Maxwell, Eric Roberts, Laura Sarti, Kathryn Harries and Patricia MacMahon.