In 2002, Helen Todd founded Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, a summer opera and classical music festival that now takes place each August in Watseka, Illinois, the town where she was born and raised. Each year she strives to create festival musical experiences that will please the growing cadre of opera aficionados in her hometown, as well as attract arts lovers from across the US and beyond.
As a soprano, Helen has an international reputation for performing the roles of intense and ruthlessly powerful women, both in classical and 20th century music. She has wowed audiences as Madame Mao in Nixon in China at Minnesota Opera, as well as the hysterial Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale at Canadian Opera Company. Helen recently debuted the role of Turandot in a production at DuPage Opera Theatre. Listen to excerpts of her performance here.
In 2003, Helen earned national media attention in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today for her portrayal of Aunt Lydia in Minnesota Opera’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She went on to perform the role in the Canadian premiere at Canadian Opera Company.
When Helen's not tending to Sugar Creek business, you can find her performing at many great houses across the US and Canada:
Minnesota Opera |
Canada Opera Company |
New York City Opera | Sugar Creek Symphony & Song | DuPage Opera Theatre | Athena Grand Opera | Cleveland Opera | Arizona Opera | Tulsa Opera | Opera North | Opera Illinois | Springfield Symphony | Peoria Symphony | Calgary Opera
As the executive producer for Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, and this summer she's producing The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro for your musical enjoyment. Please join us, won't you? Tickets.