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Hélene Engel is an opera singer, musicologist, composer, lyricist and arranger. She has a degree in music therapy from Université du Québec in Montréal, and in France received a Masters Degree in Musicology from the University of Strasbourg and a diploma from the Conservatory of Cergy-Pontoise. She made her professional debut in opera but has maintained a strong interest, both as scholar and performer, in exploring diverse musical traditions and languages. She specializes in Jewish folklore in Judeo-Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages of exile. Performance tours have taken her throughout France and to major folklore festivals in Europe and North America. She has produced five recordings, most recently Voyage in 2007. She also serves as occasional cantorial soloist at Temple Emmanuel – Beth Shalom in Montreal, where she now lives. http://www.helene-engel.com