'Helen May as Poppea and Julia Portela Piñón as Nerone are wonderful as the lovers. Both have exquisite voices and are utterly convincing in their erotic passion.' ★★★★ Jane Darcy, The Reviews Hub. 27/07/22 read more>
June 2022 Mimi, Puccini, La Bohème Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra
‘A fantastic performance of Bohème with fine singing from Helen May. Not a dry eye in the house.’ @hastingsantony, Anthony Mair, 12/06/22 read more>
February 2022 Emilie, Rameau, Les Indes Galantes Ensemble OrQuesta, The Cockpit
★★★★ REVIEWS 'Helen May as Emilie is once again superb, with the flexibility of tone and dramatic power that holds an audience rapt'. ★★★★ Owen Davies, Plays to See, 17/02/22 read more>
January 2022 Helen is delighted to announce her role debut as Mimi, Puccini, Labohème with Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra. KieranStaub Conductor Leonel Pinheiro Rodolfo Marcio da Silva Marcello Celena Bridge Musetta Vitor Bispo Schaunard Vedat Dalgiran Colline read more>
December 2021 Handel, Alcina Ensemble OrQuesta, Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival
November 2021 Fauré Requiem Billingshurst Choral Society
'The ‘Pie Jesu’ highlighted the stunningly beautiful voice of Helen May..' Anthony Gilsenan. Sussex Express, November 2021. read more>
October 2021 Helen is delighted to announce her role debut as La Contessa, Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro with HPO Ensemble Chaplin Theatre, Robertsbridge. Conductor, Kieran Staub Vinehall School, 17/10/21 read more>
'A shout-out must go to Helen May... She’s a hugely expressive singer, with velvety rich tones and the ability to convey the raw vulnerability of her character...' The Idle Woman Blog, 09/06/21 read more>
July 2020 MA (Distinction) DipRAM Royal Academy of Music
Helen is delighted to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of Arts, Vocal Performance, with Distinction. She has been awarded a DipRAM for outstanding final recital.
February 2020 Calisto, Cavalli, La Calisto The Cockpit
Helen May, La Calisto OFFIES Nomination for Performance (Opera Production)
January 2020 Calisto, Cavalli, La Calisto The Cockpit
'As Calisto, Helen May excels. Despite the comic chaos that sometimes surrounds her, she keeps the tragic heart of the opera beating with admirable passion'. Owen Davies, Plays to See, 05/02/20 read more>
Helen is delighted to have been accepted as a Josephine Baker Trust artist. Following auditions at RAM and RCM the Trust chooses a select number of artists who are offered a variety of solo opportunities and receive funding from the Trust to contribute towards their fees.
September 2019 Royal Academy of Music Preparatory Opera Course
Helen is delighted to be one of just three sopranos to be offered a place on the Preparatory Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, 2019-20. She will continue to study under the tutelage of Nuccia Focile and Iain Ledingham and will receive additional coaching and guidance from Philip Sunderland.
June 2019 Helen is delighted to announce her role debut as Pamina, Mozart, Die Zauberflöte with Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra at St Mary in Castle, Hastings.
'Helen May’s finely sung Pamina seemed a far stronger character than the text sometimes gives her credit for, and her rendition of Ach, ich fühl's was very effective and moving'. Brian Hick, Sussex Express, 03/06/19
March 2019 Haydn, Nelson Mass Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Llandaff Cathedral
'A perfect choral piece followed, with Haydn’s 'Nelson Mass'. This piece has some true highlights for soprano soloist. Helen May does a supreme job with the soprano role.' Art scene in Wales, 15/03/19
February 2019 Poppea, Monteverdi, L'Incoronazione di Poppea The Cockpit
'As Nerone and Poppea, Helen May and Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada are superb.' ★★★★★ Owen Davies, Plays to See, 02/02/19 read more>
September 2018 Royal Academy of Music Master of Arts, Vocal Performance
Helen is delighted to be taking up a place on the Master of Arts, Vocal Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music, 2018-2020. She will be studying under the tutelage of Nuccia Focile and Iain Ledingham.
September 2018 Despina, Mozart, Cosi fan tutte Woodhouse Opera Festival
'It's hard to single anyone out, but Helen May's Despina was outstanding... A name to watch.' Surrey Gazette, 20/09/18
August 2018 Amastre, Xerse, Cavalli Ensemble OrQuesta, Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Opera Festival
Helen is delighted to have been offered a choral scholarship at St John's Hyde, Park. Helen looks forward to the singing opportunities this offers, and is grateful to the William Gibbs Trust for their support during her Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music.
November 2017 Schubert Mass in G Hastings Philharmonic Choir
'Soprano Helen May filled the building with richly glowing tone, the top of the voice thrilling as it floated above the choir.' Lark Reviews, 05/11/17
May 2017 Valletto, Monteverdi, L'Incoronazione di Poppea Hampstead Garden Opera Jacksons Lane Theatre