The Swedish-Egyptian soprano Hélène Lindqvist received her first training with the renowned vocal coach Florence Düselius in Stockholm. She then studied singing and performing arts at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, Germany, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She attended masterclasses with Eva Marton, Bernd Weikl, and Jessica Cash. Still at the University she won the first prize in the international art song competition „Concerto delle donne“ in Kassel.
At the Hamburg State Opera she sang the roles of Fortuna and Damigella in L‘incoronazione di Poppea by C. Monteverdi conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.
After her début in the Soprano part of Ligeti‘s Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures with the ensemble of the Saarland state opera in Germany she there performed many roles of the lyric soprano repertoire such as Ilia in Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart and Ännchen in Freischütz by C. M. v.Weber. With the company as well as with the German Radio Philharmonics Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern she also sang leading roles in a number of world première performances.
At the opera houses in Ulm and Regensburg she performed Tatjana in P. Tjaikowsky‘s opera Eugene Onegin as well as Gilda in G. Verdi‘s Rigoletto. In Ulm she sang a wide repertoire including Konstanze in W.A. Mozarts‘s Abduction, the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, Fiorilla in G. Rossini‘s Turk in Italy and the great sorceress in G.F. Handels‘s Alcina. The role of Gilda also took her to Augsburg and Ingolstadt.
Hélène Lindqvist was greatly acclaimed in the magazine “Die Deutsche Bühne/The German Stage” for her staged version of Pierrot Lunaire by A. Schönberg.
She is featured on many recordings, including swedish art songs by G. de Frumerie, solo-pieces by D. Terzakis, a chamber reduction of the 4th symphony by G. Mahler and „Jugendlieder“ by A. Berg. The Berg recording was hailed as an impeccable interpretation and received a five-star rating in the „Neue Zeitung für Musik/New Music Magazine“.
Hélène Lindqvist is also a much praised soloist in works for the concert stage such as the Requiems by G. Verdi and J. Brahms, Stabat Mater by G. Rossini, Roi David by A. Honegger and the four last songs by R. Strauß.
In 2011 she started The Art Song Project with her piano partner Philipp Vogler. There you can listen to songs of unknown but great composers. Have a look!