Rowan Hellier

Lauded worldwide for her stage and concert appearances, critics have praised Scottish mezzo Rowan Hellier for “the lovely richness of her tone” (“Opera Today”) and her “focus, drama and clarity” in performance (“The Herald”).

On the operatic stage, Rowan has performed at Welsh National Opera as Cherubino (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Berlin Staatsoper as Second Lady (“Die Zauberflöte”), Annina (“La Traviata”), Der Trommler (“Der Kaiser von Atlantis”) and Kate Pinkerton (“Madama Butterfly”), at the Hamburg Staatsoper in Sciarrino’s “Vanitas”, with Theater Magdeburg and was previously a member of the Salzburg Landestheater ensemble, where her roles included Hänsel (“Hänsel und Gretel”) in the Felsenreitschule, Orfeo (“Orfeo ed Euridice”), Zaida (“Il turco in Italia”), Lureen (“Brokeback Mountain”), Donna Elvira (“Don Giovanni”) and Idamante (“Idomeneo”), under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. She performed the roles of Frau Grubach and Washerwoman in the world premiere of “The Trial” by Philip Glass at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House. With Classical Opera, she sang Cecilio in “Lucio Silla” and Adriano (“Adriano in Siria”) in London and Penelope (“Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”) with Iford Arts, conducted Christian Curnyn. Future engagements include Wellgunde in “Das Rheingold” at the Royal Festival Hall conducted Vladimir Jurowski, and Zidiana in Vivaldi’s “Teuzzone” with La Serenissima in Venice.

Rowan appears regularly in concert with the world’s leading orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. She made her American debut as mezzo soloist in the Mozart “Requiem” with the Seattle Symphony, conducted Itzhak Perlman. Rowan performs as soloist with prominent baroque ensembles The King’s Consort, Trevor Pinnock and Friends, with whom she sang the title role Dido in “Dido and Aeneas”, and the Dunedin Consort. Rowan was mezzo soloist on the Dunedin Consort’s Gramophone Award-winning Mozart “Requiem” recording. She has made appearances at Bregenz Festival, St. Magnus International Festival and as a recital artist at the Wigmore Hall, London. Rowan is a passionate recital artist and has given concerts for Opéra de Lille, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Perth Festival of the Arts and with the Prince Consort. Her discography includes Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Dunedin Consort for Linn Records, “The Trial” by Philip Glass for Orange Mountain Music, and Honegger’s “König David” with the Prometheus Ensemble and Junges Ensemble Berlin for Rondeau Production.

As a member of the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin, under the artistic direction of Daniel Barenboim, she was the recipient of the Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung scholarship.