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Ellen Angharad Williams

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Welsh

Opera

1st soprano Chorus
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Scottish Opera
2018
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
Semele
Semele (Handel)
Mid Wales Opera
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
Naiad
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2015
Gretel​
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
2015
Ariel
The Tempest (Adès)
Richard Burton Theatre, RWCMD
2015
Pamina
The Magic Flute (in English) (Mozart)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2013

Operetta/G&S

Mabel
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
2018
Alline
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

Oratorio/Concerts

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

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

Padre, germani, addio, Mozart - 30:06:18

Ellen Williams 2

Welsh Singers Showcase 2018

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 Welsh Singers Showcase (2018)

Finalist Osborn Roberts Memorial Prize (2015)

Finalist W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship (2014)

"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
BA Spanish and French
University of Exeter
2009–2013

Welsh soprano Ellen Angharad Williams is a recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Opera course, where she studied with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock. During her studies Ellen was awarded an Aneurin Davies Award, the Elias Singing Prize for Soprano, and a Leverhulme Scholarship. Previous to this, Ellen completed a BA Hons in Spanish and French at the University of Exeter and graduated with distinction in spoken Spanish. Ellen is also an alumna of Tibor Varga Music Academy in Switzerland, Dartington International Summer School, and COSI Opera Festival in Italy, gratefully supported by the Arts Council of Wales, the Elizabeth Evans Trust.

Ellen has been praised for her "poise and promise, her voice agile with silvery charm" (The Guardian), and has given performances in Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, Venue Cymru, The Wales Millennium Centre, and St. David’s Hall where she was a recent finalist in the Welsh Signers Showcase 2018 and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Gareth Jones.

Operatic roles have included Semele for Mid Wales Opera "sang with both grace and agility... revealed distinct promise" (Seen and Heard International), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the COSI Opera Festival in Italy, First Niece (Peter Grimes) in the Dartington International 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 at the RWCMD Ellen sang the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Barbarina and cover Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Emmie (Albert Herring), and Cinderella in Massenet's Cendrillon with Bute Park Opera. Ellen was also delighted to perform Baroque favourites with Rachel Podger and Badinerie in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, as well as scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Lakme with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Simon Phillippo. Another highlight was performing the final fugue in Verdi's Falstaff, as part of an ensemble where Ellen sang the role of Nannetta, to HRH the Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace.

Ellen has performed at Fishguard International Music Festival, Bangor Music Festival where her "poignant performances" engaged audiences (Wales Arts Review), Cowbridge Music Festival, and at the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance in St. David's Hall, and concert works include Handel's Messiah in St. David's Hall, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partington, Bach's Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio in Llandaff Cathedral. Ellen has won numerous awards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales including an Eirwen Griffiths Jones scholarship and a Violet Mary Lewis memorial scholarship, and has been a finalist in the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship competition. Ellen appears regularly on Welsh television and radio with highlights including a performance under the baton of Karl Jenkins in the Welsh premier of The Bards of Wales, and appearing as one of the "10 Divas" on S4C.

This summer Ellen is delighted to make her role and company debut with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, where she will be performing as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Alline in the Sorcerer, and as the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, and will continue to tour with the company until the Autumn.

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