Helen Todd as Turandot in Minnesota Opera's April 2013 production of Turandot
Photo credit Michal Daniel
Recent production shots from Helen's performances of Turandot at Minnesota Opera with Tenor, Scott Piper as Calaf. This stunning production was created by designer André Barbe and director Renaud Doucet. All eight performances were sold out!
Ms. Todd recently finished thrilling performances of Turandot at Minnesota Opera in April 2013. All performances were sold out for this last production of Minnesota Opera's 50th anniversary! This stunning production was designed by designer Andre Barbe and stage director Renaud Doucet. "Singing Turandot with Minnesota Opera and tenor, Scott Piper was an absolute dream! What a thrill!". Michael Christie conducted this exciting production.
Also in 2013, Ms. Todd debuted the role of Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd at the Sugar Creek Opera Festival. Cold Sassy Tree was conducted by Maestro Joseph Mechavich who conducted Ms. Todd last summer as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at Sugar Creek. Ms. Todd sang alongside bass baritone, Kyle Albertson as Rucker Lattimore. More information on the festival can be found at www.sugarcreekfestival.org. Ms. Todd founded and is the General and Artistic Director of this 11 year old summer opera festival.
Valentine's Day 2014 marks another role debut with Tosca in concert with the Northwest Indiana Symphony under the baton of Kirk Muspratt. Tenor, Dominic Armstrong sings Cavaradossi. Ms. Todd looks forward to adding yet another new Puccini role to her repertoire.
In the past three years, Ms. Todd has entered an era of preparing new repertoire. In 2012, she twice performed the role of Cio-Cio San from Madama Butterfly. And in 2010, Helen also sang the role of Turandot for the first time with DuPage Opera Theatre and then covered the role of Turandot for Pittsburgh Opera in March 2011. After having two children, her voice became fuller and rounder in the middle and lower voice while still maintaining the easy high notes for which she became known while she was singing lyric coloratura roles. Turandot was the first role in the new repertoire! A perfect fit with lots of thrilling high C’s! Ms. Todd is currently singing and preparing roles such as Lady MacBeth in Verdi’s MacBeth, Lenore in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Arabella by Strauss.