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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 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)
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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