Biography

Dutch-Brazilian soprano Helena Koonings started her education in 2012 as a pupil of renowned Dutch soprano Charlotte Margiono. In 2013 she officially continued her studies in Margiono’s class at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory.

In 2015, Helena was invited to study at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella di Napoli, where she had the opportunity to intensively work on Italian opera repertoire with singing teacher Anna Vandi Gaggiotti and coach Antonio Maione. She was also coached on Italian oratorio and chamber music from the bel canto period. After her return from Naples, Helena resumed her studies at the Utrecht Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours.

In september 2017 Helena was accepted into the Dutch National Opera Academy, the specialised masters programme for talented young singers at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and in her second year at the Academy she started taking lessons with American voice teacher Don Marrazzo. At the DNOA she has performed the role of Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, and Tigrane in Händel’s Radamisto.

During the 52nd International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2018, Helena participated in the Wagner Competition of the IVC, in which she was honoured as a young Wagnerian singer and presented with the Bayreuth Stipend by the Wagnerian Society of the Netherlands. In the summer of 2019 she will spend a week studying the Wagnerian repertoire at the Bayreuther Festspiele with other young Wagner interpreters.

Helena will perform her last role at the Dutch National Opera Academy as The Bird in Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert in June and July of 2019.