Ellen Angharad Williams is a lyric coloratura soprano from Wales and 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.
Ellen 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 finalist in the Welsh Singers Showcase 2018 and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Gareth Jones.
Ellen recently returns from a UK wide tour with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company where “Mabel’s walz aria [was]superbly sung with soaring top notes” (Seen and Heard International) and where she made “a delightful Aline and partnered Alexis ideally with her wide range and strength of voice” in The Sorcerer (Seen and Heard International). Operatic roles have included Semele with 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 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 at the RWCMD 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), and Cinderella in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Ellen was delighted to perform Baroque favourites with Rachel Podger in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, as well as scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Lakmé with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra under the baton of Simon Phillippo. In 2016 Ellen was honoured to perform the final fugue in Verdi’s Falstaff as Nannetta in a celebratory concert for the RWCMD to HRH the Prince of Wales at in Buckingham Palace. 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 and the Elizabeth Evans Trust.
Festival performances include recitals at Fishguard International Music Festival, Bangor Music Festival, Cowbridge Music Festival, and the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance, 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. At home in Wales, Ellen has won numerous awards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales including an Eirwen Griffiths Jones Scholarship and a Violet Mary Lewis Memorial Scholarship, has been a finalist in the W Towyn Roberts Scholarship competition and in the Llangollen International Voice of the Future competition, and appears regularly on Welsh television and radio with highlights including appearing as a soloist in the British premiere of The Bards of Wales conducted by Karl Jenkins, and appearing as one of the “10 Divas” on S4C!