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 completed her Masters studies in Opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017 where she studied with Suzanne Murphy and Michael Pollock, and has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls including Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall, Brangwyn Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre and St. David’s Hall where she was a finalist in the Welsh Singers Showcase in 2018 and performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Ellen was delighted recently to sing the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation in the Brangwyn Hall, and has also sung Orff’s Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partingon and in St. Mary in the Castle in Hastings, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio in Llandaff Cathedral, and the Fauré Requiem and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah in St. David’s Hall. Ellen has performed in many UK classical music festivals including the ‘Winning Professionals’ recital at Fishguard International Music Festival, the Young Artist's Recital in Cowbridge Music Festival, the Royal British Legion Wales Festival of Remembrance concert in St. David’s Hall, and appeared as The Minstrel in the Welsh premiere of The Bards of Wales conducted by Karl Jenkins, performed in the opening ceremony of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, to which Ellen owes many of her early successes in singing.
In opera, Ellen joined the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in 2018 for performances at the International Gilbert &Sullivan Festival in The Harrogate Royal Hall, 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 returned to the company this summer to sing the roles of Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Further operatic roles have included the title role in Handel's 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 conducted by Leslie Dala, 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 Oliver Mears’ 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. Further 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. Ellen is also an alumna of Tibor Varga Music Academy in Switzerland, Dartington International Summer School, and COSI Opera Festival in Italy, and previously read Spanish and French at the University of Exeter.