Maria Helgath © Joachim Gern

Maria Helgath

Mezzo-Soprano

As an artist with an enormous range, Maria Helgath covers the various genres of opera, concert, spoken theatre, and film/television as a singer and actress.

Maria Helgath’s versatility is reflected in her wide-ranging repertoire, which includes relevant roles such as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Orest (La Belle Hélène), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Charlotte (Werther) and Hänsel, Mutter und Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), as well as operetta roles, for example as Josepha Vogelhuber (Im weißen Rössl).

As an actress she played roles such as Dorotha (Dekalog), Hermine (Der Steppenwolf), Kreatur (Frankenstein) or in film parts such as Anita (Im Winter ein Jahr), Eva (Wenn sie erwachen), or Sophie (Ich, er, sie und meine Mutter).

Maria Helgath worked with directors such as Caroline Link, Thomas Nennstiel, Herwig Fischer, Dirk Regel, Jürg Schlachter, Falco Blome and Claudia Bauer.

The mezzo-soprano and actress was engaged at the Ingolstadt Theater and made guest appearances at various theaters such as the Munich Kammerspiele, the Theater Freiburg, the Theater Dortmund, the Theater Siegen, the Prinzregententheater Munich and the Wiesbaden State Theater.

Her repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the modern age. She repeatedly participated in cross-over productions and performances such as “Die Schöpfung” (directed by Claudia Bauer), Étude for an Emergency (directed by Florentina Holzinger), or „Barcode“ (directed by Nilufar Münzing). She interpreted contemporary pieces such as „Fabricca illuminata“ (Nono) and established herself as a concert soloist, performing with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonics or L‘arpa festante under renowned conductors such as Dennis Russell Davies or Ivan Fisher.

She performed song recitals and concerts at the Munich Philharmonic Hall, the National Concert Hall Taiwan, the Kurt-Weill-Fest Dessau, the Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, or the Arts Club Edinburgh.

Maria Helgath received her vocal training from Celia Jeffreys at the University of Music  and Performing Arts Munich and studied acting at the Theater Academy August Everding in Munich. In addition, she was influenced by masterclasses with Edda Moser, Inger Dam- Jensen, Elisabeth Glauser, and Sibylla Rubens.

She has a scholarship at Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and is an awardee of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin and the King’s Peak International Music Competition.

Updated on 08 april 2022

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