Helena Mamich, soprano
Two countries-Two continents-Two professions
Croatian-Australian soprano Helena Mamich pursued her undergraduate studies and a Master’s degree in Performance – Classical contemporary music at the Australian National University, which she succesfully finished in the class of acclaimed Australian tenor Dr Paul McMahon. Her beginnings were non conventional, as a child she had inclination both to the music and medicine, determined to pursue her childhood dreams she began her music path with piano and singing lessons at the local music conservatory in Split in the class of Prof.Sanja Madunić. At the same time she enrolled medical highschool in Split to become a physiotherapist. After succesful matriculation she enrolled School of medicine at University of Split to pursue her career as a medical doctor. After obtaining her medical degree she is active in field of medicine working on intradisciplinary research “Music as Medicine in Psychiatry”.
Ms Mamich specializes in classical contemporary and verissimo operatic repertoire. Works by classical contemporary composers demand high command of sight reading atonal music, vocal virtuosity and an outstanding level of stage presence are operas and chamber music she feels most passionately drawn to.
Roles performed onstage and concert include Innana (I Desire) Liu (Turandot), La Suor Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Mimi (La Boheme), Ciesca (Gianni Schicci), Mrs Gobineau (The Medium), Michaela (Carmen), Contessa (La Nozze di Figaro), Second Lady (The Magic Flute) Proserpina/Messagiera (L’Orfeo), Sorcress (Dido & Aeneas), Perdita (Like an Old Tale), Annina/Flora (La Traviata).
Currently she works on opera “CILS” – Quarantene chamber opera composed by Ken Shakin that is planned to be premiered in October 2020.
Oratorio and motet projects included principal roles in: Mass in c-minor (W.A.Mozart), Requiem in d-minor (W.A.Mozart), Vespreae solennis de confessori (W.A.Mozart), Membra Jesu nostri (Dietrich Buxtehude), Die sieben letzte Wörte underes Erlöser am Kreuze (J.Haydn), Stabat Mater (Giovanni Battista Pergolesi),Messias (G.F.Handel), Gloria in D-major (Antonio Vivaldi), Exultate, Jubilate (W.A.Mozart), Quam Pulchra est (Ivan Lukacic), Cithara Octochorda (Anzelmo Canjuga arr.) and The Mass (Leonard Bernstein).
As a recitalist, she focuses on Croatian composers and composers from 20th and 21st century. She premiered a number of works composed by Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler, Kyle Ghann and works by many aspiring composers.
During her studies in music she has participated in masterclasses by Angelika Luz, Gerhard Staebler, Annika Rutkovsky, Pille Lill, David Aronson, Sylvia Greenberg, David Ciavarella, Steven Delaney, Ghillian Sullivan, Anthony Legge, Paul McMahon, Tobias Cole, Angela Gibblin, Darryl Edwards, Marvin Keenze.
Ms Mamich performed in Germany, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Australia, Austria, France, Croatia, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Montenegro and Italy. She sings in many languages : German, Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, English, Czech, Croatian , Polish and Norwegian.
Ms Mamich was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Christel Larko Scholarship for an outstanding young musician and the Traveling Scholarship from Friends of the School of the Music. In year 2015 she is a recepient of Kornfled Postgraduate Scholarship for Opera singers and Fankhauser Travelling Scholarship.
In year 2017 she has been awarded with a prize Transition Award – Endowment of Excellence from Australian National University for her academic and performance achievements. In year 2019 she is a winner of Večernjakova Domovnica as the most successful musician od Croatian diaspora.