Hélène Brunet, soprano

Hélène Brunet, soprano

Hélène Brunet, soprano

A participant in the inaugural ABS Academy in 2010, soprano Hélène Brunet made her first impression on Bay Area audiences with her portrayal of Mary Magdalene in the ABS Festival performance of Handel’s La Resurrezione. The Montreal native has since earned acclaim for her “vocally alluring and musical in conception” (Calgary Herald) performances around Canada, Europe, and the United States. She has been praised for her interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, and has also performed in a diverse array of stage work including Lully’s Persée and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Last season, Hélène made her ABS debut in the sold-out performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. This December, ABS is pleased to present this outstanding soprano in two of the greatest oratorios ever written: Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Handel’s Messiah.

Hélène Brunet performs in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with ABS, February 2015.

Hélène Brunet (fourth from left) performs in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with ABS, February 2015. Photo: Gas Lamp Productions

A graduate of the University of Montreal in 2010 and the Montreal Conservatory of Music in 2011, she has studied under the direction of soprano Suzie LeBlanc and the countertenor Daniel Taylor as well as participated in several master classes, most notably with Dame Emma Kirkby, Charles Daniels, and June Anderson. Hélène has also performed with several renowned ensembles and orchestras including the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal. Hélène is featured in several recordings, including: Adagio: A Consideration of a Serious Matter (Analekta, 2013), Ave Maria (Analekta 2012), Vivaldi, Le Retour des Anges (Analekta, 2011), Messiah by Sven-David Sanström (Carus Records, 2010), and War Requiem (Hänssler Classic, 2008). To read more about Hélène, visit her website: helenebrunet.com.

To purchase tickets for Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” at St. Ignatius Church (December 12) or Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral (December 16-18), please visit the ABS website or call (415) 621-7900.

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