Alto Helena Rasker graduated with the highest distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, the Netherlands. She continued her studies at the Tanglewood Music center in the USA and at present works with Margreet Honig in Amsterdam.
Helena Rasker sang with companies, orchestras and ensembles such as the Netherlands Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Europa Galante, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bamberger Symphoniker, ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg and the Chamber Orchestras of Geneva and Lausanne.
She worked with conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, Michel Corboz, Christian Zacharias, Oliver Knussen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marc Albrecht, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jaap van Zweden, Pascal Rophé, Hartmut Haenchen, Paolo Carignani and Jonathan Stockhammer.
Helena Raskers very diverse repertoire goes from baroque to contemporary, and from chambermusic to oratorio and opera. She sings works like the grand oratoria by J.S. Bach, Händel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Duruflé and Honegger, songcycles and symphonies by Mahler, Shostakovitsch, Frank Martin, Wagner and Stockhausen, and chambermusic by Brahms, Ravel, Schoenberg, Sciarrino, Gubaidulina, Rob Zuidam and Luigi Nono.
Her opera repertoire includes roles in Moses und Aron/Schoenberg, Rêves d'un Marco Polo/Vivier, Zauberflöte/Mozart, Elektra/Strauss, Guillaume Tell/Rossini and Die Walküre/Wagner. She created her parts in the worldpremieres of Thyeste/Van Vlijmen, After Life/Michel van der Aa, Adam In Ballingschap/Rob Zuidam, Legende/Wagemans, Waiting for Miss Monroe/Robin de Raaff and the chamberopera Troparion/Rob Zuidam, written especially for her.
Helena Rasker's concerts brought her to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Holland Festival, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Festival Misteria Paschalia Krakow and the Melbourne Festival. She participated in radio-, CD-, DVD- and television-recordings throughout Europe.
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