British Mezzo-Soprano Annabella Ellis is a recent graduate from the Opera Course MMus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after obtaining her MA in performance at Royal Academy of Music and Bachelor of Music (Hons) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Most notably Annabella recently toured the UK performing Rosina (Il Barbiere de Siviglia) and Spain performing Mercedes/Carmen cover (Carmen). At RCS Annabella performed Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Mrs Coyle (Owen Wingrave), Tonina (Prima la music e poi le parole) and covered La Mere/alto5 (Le Vin Herbe), Le Loup (Les Malheurs d’Orphee). Originally trained as a soprano Annabella also performed Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte). Additional roles include Sirene/Armida cover (Rinaldo), Drusilla/Amor (L’incoronasione di Popea), Una Cercatrice (Sour Angelica), Belinda/Second Witch/Sailer(Dido and Aeneas) in festivals like Longborough Festival Opera, Dorset Opera, Wymondham Music Festival, British Youth Opera or Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Operatic roles in scenes include Hermia (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ursula (Beatrice at Benedict), Ines (Maria Padilla), Rosina (Barbiere di Sividlia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), First Lady (Die Zauberflote).
Annabella has been awarded numerous prizes including First Prize Norfolk Young Musician Competition, Second Prize in Internationaler Ljuba Welitsch Gesangswettbewerb Wien, Finalist in Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition at Wigmore Hall, Second Prize in the English Song and Third Prize in the Isabella Jay Aria at the Royal Academy of Music, Winner of Junior Trinity Vocal Prize.
She was recipient of the Norfolk Sports and Cultural Foundation ‘’Rising Stars’’ Award 2008/9 which led to her appearances in BBC and ITV News, BBC Radio Norfolk and local Newspapers Eastern Daily Press and Eastern Evening News.
In the realm of the symphonic repertoire Annabella recently made her French debut performing Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem at the prestigious Halle Aux Grains in Toulouse and also appeared as Alto Solo in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s C Minor Mass, amongst others. Recitals include Schumann’s Fraunliebe und-leben, Schumann’s Zwalf Gedichte op35 Kerner lieder, Dvorak Gypsy Melodies, Duarte Five Quiet Songs, Faure’s l Bonne Chanson, Britten Les Illuminations, La Bonne Chanson, Rossinni’s Serate Musicalle and Wigmore debut with Wigmore Voiceworks.
Annabella performed in many distinguished venues in Britain and abroad in concerts, festivals and recitals including a recital at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sighișoara Music Festival in concert, Britain 100, LSO St. Lukes and Wigmore Hall.
Annabella has participated in Masterclasses with Ann Murray, Dmitry Vdovin, Elizabeth Vidal, Jennifer Larmore, Irina Gavrilovici, Kathryn Harries, Christoph Pregardien, Rachel Nichols, Benjamin Luxon, Edit Weins, Susan Youens, Emma Kirby, Helmut Deutsch.
During her professional studies Annabella was generously supported by The Kathleen Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation (Award), Fidelio Charitable Trust, The Sydney Perry Foundation, GSMD Bursary Scheme, The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society, The Norfolk Trust, RCS Trust and others.
From an early age Annabella was interested in music and performance. She was trained from the age of six at the Central School of Dancing and performing Arts where she specialised in musical theatre, singing and classical voice, drama tap, modern, ballet and jazz. Annually Annabella was involved in the showcases at the Norwich Theatre Royal and performed as a Junior Professional in the pantomime Cinderella (Dir. Richard Gauntlett). She made her first appearance at the age of eleven as a member of the children’s chorus in Ellen Kent Opera International and Chissinau National Opera productions of Carmen and Turandot at Norwich Theatre.
She studied singing and piano at Junior Trinity College of Music. During the same time Annabella spent her summer months performing leading roles with Youth Music Theatre UK in their productions Unforgotten (Di. Nick Stimson), The Stones are Hatching (Dir. Toby Davies), and The Time of our Freedom/Dance(Dir. Matt Peover).