Described in the Guardian as having ‘a voice of tempered steel, wrapped in a warm velvet cloak’ Ella Taylor is a soprano with a passion for performing contemporary music and works by women and gender non-conforming artists. Winner of the Second Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier awards, they are a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio.
Engagements during this season currently include Fifth Maid Elektra for The Royal Opera London, and The Activist The Shell Trial in a world premiere for Dutch National Opera, alongside some exciting concert work including a debut at Wembley Stadium, singing excerpts from the Studio Ghibli films alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, Venere La Contesa di Pallade e Venere with Les Bougies Baroques, and the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus.
Past highlights have included Daughter 3 Akhnaten for English National Opera, Belinda / Second Witch in Isabelle Kettle’s new production of Dido and Aeneas at the Ustinov Studio Theatre of the Royal Theatre, Bath (a season curated by Deborah Warner), Tebaldo Don Carlo for The Royal Opera, London, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Wild Arts Opera, Alicia Jane Turner’s Tell me when you get home with the London Sinfonietta, Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the 2022 Bold Tendencies Festival, Messiah with Huddersfield Choral Society, Vaughn-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Britten Sinfonia at the Brighton Festival and the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as part of Classical Sheffield’s Weekend 2023.
Ella Taylor is a keen collaborator and recitalist, making a dedicated effort to work with and perform works by people underrepresented in classical music, as well as working with composers and librettists in the creation of new, LGBT+ focused work. They have given talks about navigating a career as a trans opera singer for various companies and magazines including the Royal Opera House Engender Festival, Place and Space: a TECHNE student-led conference, and Opera Now. A film with Trans Voices Choir (part of London Contemporary Voices) has been released on Guardian Films, which Ella is a founding member of. They have also performed at Leeds Lieder as part of the Composer and Poets Forum and with Ensemble 360 at Music in the Round.
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