The German baritone, Helmut Guhl, was a member of the Eppendorfer Knabenchor and performed at age 12 as one of the boys in the Zauberflöte on the stage of the Hamburger Staatsoper. After he had completed a banking apprenticeship, his trained his voice with the pedagogue Naan Pöld in Hamburg. Even before completing his studies he appeared at the Festival of Eutin in 1973 as Count in Wildschütz by Lortzing.
From 1974 to 1978, Helmut Guhl was engaged at the Staatstheater of Oldenburg, where he performed roles such as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Papageno in Zauberflöte, Germont-père in La Traviata and Wolfram in Tannhäuser. During this period he was heard at the Eutin Festival as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, as Figaro in Barber of Seville, as Belcore in Elisir d'amore 'and as Homonay in Zigeunerbaron; in Bremen, he appeared as a guest as Herr Fluth in Nicolai's' Lustigen Weibern von Windsor. Since 1978, he was one of the leading forces of the Staatstheater Hannover. His greatest success here were as Don Giovanni, as Orpheus in Gluck's opera of the same name, the title role in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto (1991) and as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger, and in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier (1988). Guest performances at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, at the State Operas of Hamburg and Stuttgart, at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, at the Opernhaus of Frankfurt, in Lisbon (1977-1978) and performances in the concert hall marked the subsequent career of the singer.