Swedish-Brazilian soprano Helena Schuback, born in 1990, obtained her master’s degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts - Opera Academy in 2021. She began her musical studies at age 6, with the violin as her main instrument. She has obtained a Master of violin from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm. During high school she took singing lessons but after a few years of working as a freelance violinist she retook her singing studies with Prof. Paul Farrington and Prof. Toril Carlsen in Norway.
She has during her studies performed roles as Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Hébe, Phani, Zima, Fatime and Emilie (Les Indes Galantes), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) amongst others.
In June of 2022 Schuback appeared in the title role Aeglé at 2022 Stockholm Early Music Festival in a unique collaboration with Orfeus Baroque Ensemble Stockholm (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra) and Kungl. Musikaliska Akademien.
Her participation of the 12th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera "Antonio Pietro Cesti" in Innsbruck led her to the title role of 2022 years production of L’amazzone Corsara by C. Pallavicino.
Receiving the 2022 year’s Residency at Cité des Arts in Paris by the Kungl. Musikaliska Akademien allows Schuback to immerse herself to various styles and bel canto repertoires.
In 2023 she was amongst the top ten finalists in the prestigious Elizabeth Connell-prize competition in London for young dramatic female voices.
2023 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 allows her to immerse herself in the lyric-dramatic fach with roles such as i.e. Tatjana (Eugen Onegin), Kaťa Kabanova (title role), Jenůfa (title role), Marie (Wozzeck), as well as exploring later music as Bergs and Schoenbergs lieder.
Her passion and connection to the Slavic languages, with Slovak and Czech closest to her heart, leads her naturally into the world of Martinů, Janaček and Dvořak.
Her current vocal coaches are Sylvia Kevorkian and Sir Willard White.