Founded in 2012 by artistic director Ella Marchment, Helios Collective was an award-winning opera company that had development and connectivity at its heart. Through innovative and imaginative programming, Helios enabled an international community of performers, creatives, and arts partners to work together to shape the future of opera.
Among its many critically acclaimed successes, the company produced a diverse range of sell-out operatic events, including canonical, reimagined, and new operas; masterclasses conducted by world-renowned industry professionals; Toi-Toi opera club nights; and opera-plays.
The company provided ongoing professional development opportunities to over 1,500 artists and commissioned numerous new operatic works, spearheading a range of groundbreaking initiatives that left an indelible mark on the contemporary arts scene.
Ella Marchment was the Artistic Director of Helios Collective from 2012 to 2021. Under her visionary guidance, Helios Collective flourished into a hub of creativity, innovation, and collaboration. With an unwavering commitment to nurturing emerging talent, Helios championed the development of new works and provided a platform for seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their skills. The dedication to fostering interdisciplinary collaborations resulted in cutting-edge performances that pushed the boundaries of traditional art forms.
Ella’s artistic vision extended beyond the confines of the stage. Recognizing the power of storytelling, Helios produced thought-provoking and socially relevant works that sparked conversations and challenged societal norms. Ella’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity ensured that Helios Collective became a beacon of artistic expression, amplifying voices that might not otherwise have been heard.
Throughout her tenure, Ella curated a wide array of works, synergizing elements of opera, theatre, and multimedia in her trailblazing productions. Her innovative approach to directing and producing garnered critical acclaim worldwide, attracting a loyal and diverse audience to Helios Collective.
Helios Collective – Highlights
- A Celebration Before and After Verdi & Wagner, 2013
- Canerentque Aeterna, 2014
- Dido & Belinda, 2016
- Die Meistersinger, 2015
- Façade and Eight Songs For A Mad King, 2014
- Formations Masterclasses, 2015–2017
- Hathaway – Eight Arias For A Bardic Life, 2016
- Il Letto, 2017
- Mozart Mixology, 2014
- Salon Russe, 2016
- Stravinsky Double Bill, 2015
- The Bear Goes Walkabout, 2013
- Toi Toi (opera club nights), 2015
See also Opera Harmony.