Helga Davis

Q2 Music Host

Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.

She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.


Ms. Davis’s  past work has included The Blue Planet (2008), a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and was co-star in The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In February 2008,  Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the  WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of Ms. Walker’s Whitney Museum retrospective. David Keenan, of Wire Magazine, describes Ms. Davis as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”


Helga Davis appears in the following:

Watch: Yale School of Music Premieres Works by David Lang and Hannah Lash

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm, watch a live videostream of a special edition of the Yale School of Music's new-music series, New Music New Haven, from The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Listen: 16 World Premieres with Jennifer Koh's 'Shared Madness'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Listen to violinist Jennifer Koh's exploration of virtuosity in the 21st century with 16 world premieres from dynamic, celebrated composers live from National Sawdust.


Watch: Peter Sellars and Friends from The Greene Space

Monday, May 09, 2016

Watch a live videostream of a conversation with opera director Peter Sellars and performances by Ojai Festival musicians as recorded at The Greene Space at WQXR on May 13.


Interview: Beth Morrison on Prototype and Harnessing Creative Passion

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The annual Prototype festival of new opera returns to New York this week. Creative producer Beth Morrison joins Helga Davis to discuss her professional path and the value of community.


Listen: Arvo Pärt at 80 with New Juilliard Ensemble

Friday, September 11, 2015

Listen to the archived audio of the Met Museum's all-Arvo Pärt concert featuring chamber works performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble.

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Celebrate the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt today with an encore stream of A World Apärt: a 24-hour survey of one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century.

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Watch: NOW Ensemble Unveils New Album 'Dreamfall'

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15 at 7 pm, indie-classical standard-bearers NOW Ensemble celebrated the release of their latest album "Dreamfall" with a performance live from The Greene Space.


Watch: Bang on a Can All-Stars Unveil 'Field Recordings'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Watch the archived performance of "Field Recordings," the latest album from the Bang on a Can All-Stars, live from The Greene Space.


Raised Voices: 24 Hours to Satisfy Your Choral Fixation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join us all day today (Jan 30) for an encore presentation of Raised Voices:  24 hours of today's wild and ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble.

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Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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On-Demand Video: Become Ocean Listening Party with J.L. Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast from The Greene Space, of John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.


Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Hospitality and Face the Music Kick Off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival®

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. ...

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Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Previews 2014 Lineup

Monday, January 27, 2014

Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.


On-Demand Audio: Krzysztof Penderecki at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others....


Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversit...

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Meitar Ensemble Opens the 2013 MATA Festival

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Israeli new-music ensemble Meitar opens the 2013 MATA Festival with adventurous works by an international array of composers, from Poland's Marcin Stanczyk to Israel's Ofer Pelz.


Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.


Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happe...