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Ellen Angharad Williams

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Welsh

Agent:

Alexandra Ber - Only Stage Artist Management
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Opera

1st soprano Chorus
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Scottish Opera
2018
Semele
Semele (Handel)
Mid Wales Opera
2017
Fortuna / Valletto
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Ensemble OrQuesta
2017
Zerlina
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Centre for Opera Studies in Italy
2017
Venus / Philidel
King Arthur (Purcell)
Dartington
2017
Lady Harriet
Martha (Flotow)
Burry Port Opera
2017
Nannetta
Falstaff (Verdi)
Sherman Theatre, RWCMD
2016
Barbarina
Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2016
Susanna
Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2016
Sophie
Der Rosenkavalier (scenes) (Strauss, R)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2016
Lakmé
Lakmé (Delibes)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2016
Cinderella
Cendrillon (Massenet)
Richard Burton Theatre, RWCMD
2015
Jay / Hen / Fox Cub
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Sherman Theatre, RWCMD
2015
Emmie
Albert Herring (Britten)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2015
Gretel​
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2015
Ariel
The Tempest (Adès)
Richard Burton Theatre, RWCMD
2015
Naiad
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2015
Pamina
The Magic Flute (in English) (Mozart)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2013

Operetta/G&S

Yum-Yum
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2019
Mabel
The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2019
Mabel
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2018
Aline
The Sorcerer (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2018
The Plaintiff
Trial by Jury (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2018

Early Music

Performance
Performane with Rachel Podger and Badinerie (Various)
Dora Stoutzker Hall
2017

Chorus

Chorus BBC National Chorus of Wales
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (Various)
UK Arenas Tour
2015

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano Soloist
The Creation (Haydn)
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
2019
Soprano Soloist
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Hastings Philharmonic Choir
2019
Finalist
Milford Haven Young Opera Singer of the Year (Various)
Milford Haven Music Festival
2019
Finalist
Welsh Singers Showcase (Various)
St. David's Hall
2018
Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
St. David's Hall
2017
Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Newbury Choral Society
2017
Soloist
Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
Llandaff Cathedral
2017
Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Llandaff Cathedral
2017
Soloist
Magnificat (Bach)
Fleet Choral Society
2016
Soloist
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Gloucester Cathedral
2016
Performance
Winning Professionals Concert (Various)
Fishguard International Music Festival
2016
Recital
Young Artists' Recital (Various)
Cowbridge Music Festival
2016
Performance
Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance (Various)
St. David's Hall
2015

Film/TV

Performance
Operning concert of the Urdd Eisteddfod (Various)
Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Theatre
2019
Performance
'10 Divas' S4C (Various)
Venue Cymru
2017
Performance
Carolau o Landudno, S4C (Various)
Venue Cymru
2014
Minstrel
Beirdd Cymru (The Bards of Wales) (Karl Jenkins)
National Eisteddfod of Wales
2012

Other

Morfydd
I Loved You and I Loved You (Morfydd Llwyn Owen)
Edinburgh Fringe Festival + UK tour
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Da Tempeste il legno infranto, Handel 30:06:18

Aline, The Sorcerer

Barbarina, Le Nozze di Figaro

Fortuna, L'incoronazione di Poppea

Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance

Minstrel, The Bards of Wales

Plaintiff, Trial by Jury

Semele

Semele

Welsh Singers Showcase 2018

Welsh Singers Showcase 2018

Welsh Singers Showcase 2018

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)

Competitions

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)

MA Opera Performance
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2015–2017
MA Music Performance
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2013–2015
Erasmus study, Spanish and French
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
2011–2012
BA Spanish and French
University of Exeter
2009–2013


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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