Helen Todd to perform the role of Turandot in Minnesota Opera's production of Turandot in April 2013
In Season 2013, Helen will be performing the role of Turandot in Minnesota Opera’s production of Turandot in April 2013! Tenor, Scott Piper will be singing opposite Helen in the role of Calaf. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Helen sing this magnificent music.
Ms. Todd has entered an era of preparing new repertoire. In the past year, she performed the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly first for Wooster Symphony in concert and then in the fully staged production at Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Opera Festival in summer 2012 under the baton of Joseph Mechavich. Previously, Helen covered the role of Turandot for Pittsburgh Opera in March 2011 after having performed it in concert with DuPage Opera Theatre in January 2010. 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. 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.
Helen is currently in the planning stages for the 2013 Sugar Creek Opera Festival where they will produce Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd. Details will be forthcoming. Those singers interested in auditioning for both mainstage roles may send an email of inquiry to Helen at email@example.com. Those singers interested in the apprentice artist program should apply via Yaptracker.com. For more information on the festival, check out www.sugarcreekfestival.org.
Helen Todd Produces TWO Outdoor Musicals During COVID Pandemic
After breaking her ankle in three places in February 2020, Helen was already home bound for three months while she recovered from surgery. Helen continued to teach in person and decided in the summer that her private voice students needed to perform. So, in October 2020, Helen produced the musical Little Women in her backyard. Rehearsals began in September with COVID protocols of mask wearing in rehearsal, mouthwash and outdoor rehearsals. Ten extraordinary singers performed this musical directed by Dan Hendrock and music directed by Helen Todd. Cast members committed to only seeing their families and each other in order to perform the show unmasked during tech week. This extraordinary experience was the only opportunity for these ten students to perform live in months and gave hope to the audiences that had the privilege of seeing one of the three performances.
Pictured from left to right: (Boshy Deak as Mr. Laurence, Amir Smith as John Brooke, Hannah Duncan as Amy March, Violet Webster as Meg March, Jordyn Freetage as Jo March, Julie Harbath as Beth March, Grace Wilkinson as Aunt March, Sam Parmentier as Prof. Baehr, Roxie Popovsky as Marmee, and Brian Tuohey as Laurie.
Followed by the great success of Little Women, Helen had to wait until after the winter months were over in order to produce the second musical. This time the musical was a more modern day storyline with The Spitfire Grill. Auditions were held in February and rehearsals started outdoors in late March. All singers were eventually vaccinated which made performing less stressful. The show was double cast for three roles in particular and performances ran over two weekends in May. This was yet another opportunity for students of Helen’s voice studio to perform when the rest of the world was closed. Another huge success while still being safe.
Pictured from left to right: David Petrovic as Caleb, Rebecca Forman as Shelby, Boshy Deak as Eli, Evelyn DeLiso as Hannah, Violet Webster as Percy, Amir Smith as Joe, and Elizabeth Brey as Effie. This was Cast Moon.
In Cast Shine, three roles were double cast. Roxie Popovsky (second from the left) played Percy, Hannah Duncan (in green) played Effie and Jordan Popovsky (in white) played Shelby.