Biography of Stephen Pamela Helen:
Pamela Helen Stephen is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading lyric mezzo-sopranos. She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1990 as Cathleen in Nicholas Maw's THE RISING OF THE MOON and then with Opera North sang the Composer in the new production of Mozart's THE JEWEL BOX, Lazuli L'ETOILE, Donna Clara in Gerhard's THE DUENNA, Cynthia in the world premiere of Benedict Masons's PLAYING AWAY and with Welsh National Opera the Prince CENDRILLON and Phoebe in the new production of THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD. She also sang Moppet/Goose PAUL BUNYAN for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Cherubino for Opera Ireland, the title-role in the world premiere of Craig Armstrong's ANNA at the Edinburgh Festival, Valencienne THE MERRY WIDOW for Lyric Theatre, Singapore, Dafne in Perl's EURODICE at the Batignano Festival, Juno SEMELE at the City of London Festival and Second witch DIDO AND AENEAS for BBCTV.
Pamela Helen Stephen has a large concert repertoire and has appeared in Vienna, Brisbane, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Lisbon, The Hague, Dallas, Montreux and Prague, and in London at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in the promenade concert series in repertoire including DREAM OF GERONTIUS, SONGS OF THE AUVERGNE, Britten SPRING SYMPHONY, Mendelssohn a midsummer night’s dream, Beethoven 9th SYMPHONY, NELSON MASS, Tessa THE GONDOLIERS, Vaughan Williams SIR JOHN IN LOVE, Fatima OBERON, Idamante IDOMENEO and Mrs. Bubble PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. Her many recordings include Phoebe THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD (Mackerras), Second Niece PETER GRIMES (Hickox), Cherubino LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Gardiner), Child L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES (Previn) and the continuation of the complete Haydn Masses for Chandos with Collegium Musicum 90 with her husband Richard Hickox. Foreign engagements include Page SALOME at the Los Angeles Music Center, Fox CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Sonya WAR & PEACE at the Spoleto Festival, Second Niece PETER GRIMES in Lisbon and Cherubino with John Eliot Gardiner in Lisbon, Ludwigsburg, Paris and Amsterdam.
Engagements in 2000 include Maddelena RIGOLETTO for Los Angeles Opera and Octavian DER ROSENKAVALIER at The Spoleto Festival. Concert performances include THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Bamberger Symphoniker, Baba the Turk THE RAKE'S PROGRESS for the City of London Sinfonia at the Barbican and SEA PICTURES for the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, as well as Haydn NELSON MASS for Collegium Musicum at the BBC proms.