Ellen Williams

Ellen Williams - Soprano

Ellen graduated with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2015, and continues to study on the Opera Course with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock, gratefully supported by the Arts Council of Wales. Ellen has been awarded a Leverhulme scholarship and is a recipient of the Aneurin Davies Award and Elias Singing Prize for Soprano.

Ellen has performed in theatres and concert venues both internationally and across the UK, including Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, Venue Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, and St. David’s Hall.

In opera, Ellen’s previous roles have included Semele in Handel’s Semele with Mid Wales Opera, Nannetta (Falstaff), Barbarina and cover Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cinderella (Massenet’s Cendrillon), Emmie (Albert Herring). In scenes Ellen has played Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Lakmé (Lakmé), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Ariel (The Tempest), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Ellen was delighted to perform the final fugue in Verdi’s Falstaff as Nannetta in a celebratory concert for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to HRH the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in 2016. This summer Ellen looks forward to playing the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Italy, and also Venus (King Arthur) and First Niece (Peter Grimes) at Dartington.

Ellen was delighted to perform recently with Rachel Podger and Badinerie, and to perform a sequence from Handel’s Messiah at St. David’s Hall with Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral choir and orchestra. In Oratorio Ellen has sang Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Gloucester Choral Society in Gloucester Cathedral, Bach’s Magnificat with Fleet Choral Society, and has won the Oratorio singing competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales many times. The National Eisteddfod of Wales has been a rewarding platform for Ellen and she has been awarded an Eirwen Griffiths Jones scholarship and a Violet Mary Lewis memorial scholarship. In 2012 Ellen sang the part of the Minstrel in the Welsh premier of Karl Jenkins’ The Bards of Wales, conducted by the composer himself and sharing the platform with Dennis O’Neil and Rebecca Evans. Ellen has appeared many times on Welsh television and radio and enjoyed performing at the Daily Post’s 20th Anniversary concert of Carols from Llandudno in 2014. The same year, Ellen released her debut EP, Skylark, on the Welsh Label Sain, which she released on tour whilst supporting Rhydian Roberts. Ellen was delighted to join a selection of Wales’ most recognised sopranos in S4C special 10 Diva, which aired at the beginning of the year.

Recent concert highlights include performing in the Winning Professionals concert at Fishguard International Music Festival, a recital at Cowbridge Music Festival a tour of the Baltic states as a soloist with the Welsh Association Male Voice Choir, and performing operatic scenes with the WNO orchestra in the Dora Stoutzker Hall.

In 2015 Ellen was chosen as one of the 20 members of the National Chorus of Wales to join the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular UK tour, performing at venues such as Wembley Arena, Leeds Arena and the Glasgow Hydro. Ellen was delighted to perform at the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance at St David’s Hall in October that year, and in 2016 enjoyed taking part in Bangor Music Festival performing songs by influential Welsh female composers Morfydd Owen, Grace Williams and Dilys Elwyn-Edwards in a Tŷ Cerdd Discover Welsh Music seminar. Ellen is a strong advocate of Welsh music and in 2015, after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, took a contemporary show based on the life and music of Morfydd Owen to venues across the UK.

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