Helen Noonan

Helen has performed operatic roles Recital, The Heiress, The Cars that ate Paris, Sweet Death and at the 2002 Melbourne Festival, Motherland (Chamber Made Opera). The role of Dame Nellie Melba in Peach Melba (Playbox) - a play specially written for her by Therese Radic featuring Melba’s repertoire. Helen has sung Miles to Furphy (Seduction Opera), the title role in G&S Iolanthe (Victoria State Opera) and (Opera Australia). The music of Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti, Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Richard Mills Batavia, Grabowsky Love in the Age of Therapy and Greenwell Transportation Dreaming. Other composers include Weill The Seven Deadly Sins (MSO), Poulenc La Voix Humaine, Britten Cabaret Songs (ABC), and Chesworth Recital. Recital was performed in Edinburgh, London, Caracas, Bogota, Hong Kong, Auckland, Wellington and all round Australia (MSO). Helen was co-creator of this presentation with Douglas Horton, and David Chesworth.

Music theatre has seen Helen in roles such as Carlotta the neurotic diva in The Phantom of the Opera which she performed over 1400 times, and The Venetian Twins, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Closer than Ever at the Sydney Opera House.


Helen has appeared in Cabaret, Music Hall and Concert, usually self-devised and written shows. She has recorded two CDs - Woman’s Song - a compilation of songs by Australian women composers, accompanied by the late Peter Locke, and A Classic Case of Love - love songs across the ages accompanied on guitar by Peter Constant.


Because of the order in which Helen approached her training - drama before voice - she considers herself to be a "singing actress" rather than a singer who acts. This is the basis for her delight in songs that present characters - characters to display the infinite variety of the human experience. Helen’s new cabaret show Choosing a Hat (the title song of which Helen commissioned from Melbourne composer Eddie Perfect), covered some of this variety. Reviewer John Slavin commented "This is a singer/actress at the peak of her craft with a great range that never takes the easy option" (The Age 22nd September 2002)