The Welsh soprano, Helen Field, was a graduate of the Royal College of Music in Manchester, gaining an LRAM in singing. She furthered her studies at the Royal College of Music Opera School in London, winning many awards which included the Dame Eva Turner Opera Award, the Young Welsh Singers Competition and the Royal Society of Arts Scholarship. The Royal Academy of Music later awarded her a Fellowship.
Helen Fields opera career began when she became a principal soprano with Welsh National Opera for whom she sang many major roles including Mimi (La Boheme), Janacek's Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen, nominated for an Olivier award and filmed by the BBC), Jenufa, Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Desdemona (Otello, a Peter Stein production recorded by the BBC), Gilda (Rigoletto), Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), and recently Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly).
Helen Field has sung with all the major opera companies in England. At English National Opera she sang Jennifer in Tippett's Midsummer Marriage, and Violetta (La Traviata), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Marguerite (Faust, receiving an Olivier nomination). At Opera North she sang the first British premiere of Richard Strauss's Daphne, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Magda (La Rondine), and Manon. For Scottish Opera she sang the role of Katya (Katya Kavanova) and recently gave the World Premiere of James MacMillan's Opera Ines de Castro. Another world premiere was given for Glyndebourne Opera when she sang JoAnn in Tippett's New Year and again recording it for BBC. At Glyndebourne she has also sung Mimi (La Bohème) and Pearl in Harrison Birtwistle's The Second Mrs Kong.
Abroad Helen Fields major roles have included Gilda at the New York Met for an ENO tour. In Germany the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (which was filmed by German television), and Cio Cio San at Deutsch Oper, Berlin. In Belgium she has sung Salome at La Monnaie. Other European countries which she has performed are France, Italy and Spain. In January 1998 she will sing Salome at the Los Angeles Opera and in the summer of 1998 will repeat the role with the Santa Fe Opera Festival.
As a concert artist Helen Field has sung with all the major orchestras within the UK, including Strauss's Four Last Songs at the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She performed them again for German radio in Hamburg, conducted by Gunther Wand. She gave a Puccini recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus conducted by Kurt Masur and was the soprano soloist in Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony in a live television relay for the BBC from the Schauspielhaus, Berlin. She has also performed all the standard and lesser-known works in Oratorio and is a regular exponent of Janacek's Glagolitic Mass.