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Aneurin Davies Award, RWCMD (2016)
Arts Council of Wales (2015)
Eirwen Griffiths Jones Scholarship, National Eisteddfod of Wales (2015)
Elias Singing Prize for Soprano, RWCMD (2015)
Violet Mary Lewis Memorial Scholarship, National Eisteddfod of Wales (2015)
Finalist Milford Haven Young Opera Singer of the Year (2019)
Finalist Welsh Singers Showcase (2018)
Finalist Llangollen International Voice of the Future (2015)
Finalist Osborn Roberts Memorial Prize (2015)
Finalist W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship (2014)
"Ellen Angharad Williams made a delightful Aline (as she was Angelina earlier) and partnered Alexis ideally with her wide range and strength of voice." - Seen and Heard International (2018)
"It would be remiss not to mention the mesmerising Welsh soprano, Ellen Angharad Williams as 'Mabel'. She was utterly charming on her debut performance with the company and she is certainly one to watch in the future. Her performance with the chorus girls was outstanding and her range of vocals incredible." - North West End (2018)
"Meanwhile Mabel sitting on a rock is absorbed in her book and ignores the girls' activity until they rebuff the advances of Frederic. Mabel's waltz aria is superbly sung with soaring top notes by Ellen Williams" - Seen and Heard International (2018)
"Ellen Williams sang this demanding role with much poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm" - The Guardian (2017)
"Ellen Williams sings and looks the part and 'Myself I shall adore / if I persist in gazing' is a delight" - Art Scene in Wales (2017)
"The Semele of Ellen Williams was convincingly self-absorbed and she sang with both grace and agility. Her interpretation of both 'Endless Pleasure' and 'Myself I shall adore' were among the highlights of the evening and revealed distinct promise" - Seen and Heard International (2017)
"Ellen Williams sang with heart-piercing sweetness" - The Times (2015)
"Soprano Ellen Williams effortlessly renders the lyrical songs" - The Guardian (2015)
Ellen Angharad Williams has been praised for her “poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm” (The Guardian), and has been described as singing “with heart-piercing sweetness” in The Times. Ellen has given performances in Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre and St. David’s Hall where she was a recent in the Welsh Singers Showcase 2018 and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Gareth Jones. Ellen completed her studies in opera in 2017 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock, having previously read Spanish and French at the University of Exeter. Ellen is also an alumna of Tibor Varga Music Academy in Switzerland, Dartington International Summer School, and COSI Opera Festival in Italy.
In 2018 Ellen joined the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company for performances at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in The Harrogate Royal Hall and in Buxton Opera House and theatres across the country on their UK tour cast as Aline in The Sorcerer, Plaintiff in Trial by Jury and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, where her waltz aria was “superbly sung with soaring top notes” (Seen and Heard International). Ellen looks forward to returning to the company this summer to sing the role of Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Further operatic roles have included Semele with Mid Wales Opera “sang with both grace and agility” (Seen and Heard International), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the COSI Opera Festival in Italy, First Niece (Peter Grimes) in the Dartington International Summer Festival conducted by Sian Edwards, Lady Harriet (Martha) for Burry Port Opera, Valletto/Fortuna (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Ensemble OrQuesta, and chorus engagements have included Eugene Onegin with Scottish Opera. During her studies Ellen was awarded the Aneurin Davies Memorial Prize and the Elias Soprano Prize and was fortunate to sing the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Barbarina and cover Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Emmie (Albert Herring), Cinderella in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Lakmé in gala concert with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Particular highlights were singing the role of Nannetta in excerpts from Verdi’s Falstaff in a celebratory concert for HRH the Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace, performing Baroque favourites with Rachel Podger in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and taking part in a masterclass with Sumi Jo as part of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
In concert, Ellen has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls, and was delighted most recently to sing the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation in the Brangwyn Hall. Ellen has also sung Orff’s Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partingon and with Hastings Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Marcio da Silva, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio in Llandaff Cathedral, and Handel’s Messiah in St. David’s Hall, and very much looks forward to returning here to sing the Fauré Requiem in October. Ellen has performed in many UK classical music festivals including the ‘Winning Professionals’ recital at Fishguard International Music Festival, the Young Artists' Recital at Cowbridge Music Festival, and the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance concert in St. David’s Hall, and was chosen as a soloist in the British premiere of Beirdd Cymru (The Bards of Wales), conducted by Karl Jenkins, performed in the opening ceremony of the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Ellen appears regularly on Welsh television and media and enjoyed performing in the opening concert of the Urdd Eisteddfod this year in the Donald Gordon Theatre of the Wales Millennium Centre with Welsh classical trio, Athena. Ellen was also delighted to appear as one of the "10 Divas" in S4C special with 10 of Wales' most prominent sopranos performing in Venue Cymru. Another highlight was filming Carolau o Landudno in Venue Cymru in 2014 with Rhydian Roberts, with whom Ellen appeared as his support artist on his "One Day Like This" UK Tour.
Ellen is currently on tour with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in the roles of Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and looks forward to performing the Fauré Requiem in St. David’s Hall and a festive performance at the Royal Albert Hall later this year!
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