MANOR OPERA TEAM
In 2015 Ella became the first opera director to receive an International Opera Awards bursary, and in 2018 she was both an arts-and-culture finalist in the Women of The Year awards and a semi-finalist in the European
Ella has worked throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and America, and her directing credits include: L’inganno felice (Wexford Festival Opera); The Turn of the Screw and Mad King Suibhne (Bury Court Opera); International Opera Awards Ceremony (ENO London Coliseum and Sadler’s Wells Theatre / International Opera Awards); Operatic Mass Actions (European City of Culture, AUT DK); SWAP’ra Gala (Opera Holland Park); Tryl / Magic Flute (Copenhagen Opera Festival); Sideshows (Sadler’s Wells Studio); Il Letto and Hathaway (Buxton International Festival, Copenhagen Opera Festival, Grimeborn); L’occasione fa il ladro (CCF Glasgow, Teatro Signorelli, Teatro di Cortona); Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Teatro Tuoro sul Trasimeno); King Roger (a film for Random Acts / Channel 4); Salon Russe (National Portrait Gallery); Il Tabarro (LSO St Luke’s); Macbeth and Un ballo in maschera (Opera Integra); María De Buenos Aires (The Vaults London / A Curious Invitation); Louise and Otello (Buxton International Festival); An Evening with Lucian Freud (Leicester Square Theatre); Stand and Deliver (King’s Head Theatre); Rock Tosca (Tête à Tête Festival); Façade and Eight Songs For a Mad King (Rose Theatre Kingston, Arcola Theatre, St Petersburg Philharmonia); Triptych (Mariinsky II); and The Bear, Bare, and Red as Blood (Rose Theatre Kingston, Sage Gateshead, Greyfriars Kirk, St Cyprian’s).
Ella has assisted actress and director Fiona Shaw on a range of productions, including Cendrillon (RADA workshops for Glyndebourne), Medea (Wexford Festival Opera), and L’enfance du Christ (DSO Berlin). Other credits include being the associate director for Mary Birnbaum’s production of Dido & Aeneas (Juilliard Opera)
in New York, London, and Paris, and the assistant director for Rodula Gaitanou’s production of Don Quichotte (Wexford Festival Opera) in Eire.
For eight years, Ella worked as a staff director at Buxton International Festival, directing cover productions of The Jacobin, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucio Silla, and Leonore and assisting Stephen Unwin, Stephen Medcalf, and Harry Silverstein.
She has also been a principal speaker at events held at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, the Wiener Institute, Opera Europa (Netherlands), Arts Council England, and the Southbank Centre.
Originally born in Yorkshire, Kamilla later emigrated to New Zealand to return to the UK aged 18.
Kamilla recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Previous studies include a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a Masters in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Kamilla is currently studying with Claire Rutter.
Kamila made her solo debut at Glyndebourne this Autumn as Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte- Mozart) and will make her summer debut as Suzy/Lolette in West Green House The Opera Garden's production of La Rondine, Puccini.
Kamilla covered Eurydice Woman, one of the lead roles in English National Opera's production of Birtwistle's opera The Mask of Orpheus, October-November 2019.
On October 13th 2019, Kamilla made her Wagnerian debut as Floßhilde in a concert performance of Das Rheingold at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Lloyd.
In 2017 Kamilla was a Alvarez Young Artist and covered the role of Zaida in Garsington Opera’s production of Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
November 2018, Kamilla was selected as a finalist with pianist Joe Howson for the Maureen Lehane Singing Competition at Wigmore Hall.
The summer of 2016 Kamilla was a part of the Opera Centre at the Aspen Music Festival & School (USA) under a prestigious Polonsky Fellowship.
Kamilla is also a Samling Artist (2014), Wagner Stipendien (Bayreuth, 2015) and a Young Alvarez Artist (2017).
Roles include Fanny Price (Mansfield Park), Naomi (Ruth)- Pegasus Opera, Faramondo (Faramondo) with the London Handel Festival, Ramiro (La finta giardiniera)- International Opera School of the Royal College of Music, Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel)- IOSRCM, Ariodante (Ariodante)-LHF, Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus)- IOSRCM, Dorabella (Così fan tutte)- Clonter Opera, Ninetta (cover) (The Little Green Swallow)- British Youth Opera and Julia Grant (Appomattox)- Leeds Youth Opera.
Kamilla was selected from a number of conservatories as a soloist to perform Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, which was broadcasted live by BBC Radio 3.
Other engagements include performances with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Coldstream Guards.
Kamilla is an ABRSM Scholar and kindly supported by a Help Musician’s Tutton Opera Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Soprano Carrie-Ann Williams graduated from The Royal Academy Opera on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie and Ingrid Surgenor.
Carrie-Ann was due cover the title role in Handel’s Alcina at Glyndebourne Festival this summer, which was sadly canceled due to Covid-19, however she will be returning to Glyndebourne this Autumn to perform the role of Erste Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte as well as covering the role of Pamina.
Other operatic highlights include: The Fox: Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Anna Maurrant: Weill’s Street Scene, (with Birmingham Conservatoire) Sãvitri: Holst’s Sãvitri, Miss Wingrave: Britten’s Owen Wingrave (both BYO) Alcina: Handel’s Alcina, Lucy: Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper and Donna Anna: Mozart’s Don Giovanni (all with RAO) Maria Bertram: Dove's Mansfield Park (Opera South), Tebaldo: Verdi’s Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera), Cover Merab in Handel: Saul (Théâtre du Châtelet), Cover Kate Pinkerton in Puccini: Madame Butterfly, Cover Noble Orphan in Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Cover Erste Dame: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Cover Armida in Handel: Rinaldo and the role of Giannetta in Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (All for Glyndebourne).
As a Soloist, Carrie-Ann has had several opportunities and has performed many oratorio works across the country. Highlights include her soloist debut June 2017 at The Royal Festival Hall performing the soprano solo for Mahler: Symphony No.2 conducted by Semyon Bychkov, she was also a member of The Young Singer Project with Salzburg Festival 2017 where she performed with Austrian chamber orchestra, The Camerata Salzburg performing Mozart: Alcandro, lo confess… Non sò, d'onde viene, K294.
Carrie-Ann has had much success in competitions, including The Mario Lanza Operatic Prize, the John Ireland Prize, the Ashleyan Opera Prize, the Stuart Cameron Smith American Song Prize, the St Clare Barfield Operatic Distinction Rose Bowl Award and was awarded audience and runner up for the Clonter Opera Prize 2018.