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Helena Schuback


Helena Sá Cavalcante Schuback

Swedish-Brazilian lyric-dramatic soprano Helena Schuback (b. 1990) studied with Prof. Paul Farrington and Prof. Toril Carlsen in Norway, obtaining her master’s degree from the Oslo Opera Academy in 2021. She previously earned a master’s degree in violin from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm.


In June 2022, Schuback appeared in the title role of Aeglé at the Stockholm Early Music Festival with the Orfeus Baroque Ensemble Stockholm (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra). Her participation in the 12th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera “Antonio Pietro Cesti” in Innsbruck led her to the title role of the 2022 production of L’amazzone Corsara by C. Pallavicino.


Receiving the 2022 Residency at Cité des Arts in Paris from the Kungl. Musikaliska Akademien allowed Schuback to immerse herself in various styles and bel canto repertoire. In 2023, she was among the top ten finalists in the prestigious Elizabeth Connell Prize International Singing Competition in London for young dramatic female voices. In the same year, she also received the significant ‘Mogrenpriset’ in music with the motivation:


“Helena Schuback dared to leave behind the violin and make her voice her main instrument. The voice grows, allows itself to be naturally broadened without losing its beauty, and is increasingly suitable for an exciting and demanding new repertoire. We want to see more of her.”


The prize enables her to immerse herself in the lyric-dramatic fach with roles such as Tatjana (Eugen Onegin), Kat’a Kabanova (title role), Jenůfa (title role), Marie (Wozzeck), as well as exploring later music like lieder by Alban Berg and Arnold Schönberg. Her passion and connection to the Slavic languages (with Slovak and Czech closest to her heart) have led her into the world of Martinů, Janáček, and Dvořák. Her current vocal coaches are Sylvia Kevorkian and Sir Willard White.


During her time at the Oslo Academy, Helena has studied and performed roles such as Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Hébe, Phani, Zima, Fatime, and Emilie (Les Indes Galantes), as well as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) among others.


Find more information about Helena on her homepage

Studio photography by Mats Bäcker.

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