Ellie Parsons

Winner of the Edward Brooke's Lieder Prize and creator of the title role in Michael Walters opera Ava's Wedding and Queen Aethelfreda in Sophie Smiths Tigress. Eleanor completed her BMus(Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire, and later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

While studying under Helen Field, Eleanor has won prizes in Opera, Oratorio and Song, including the Mario Lanza Opera Prize, the Edward Brookes English Song and Liede Prizes, The Somerset Song Prize, the John Ireland Song Prize and was a finalist in the Llangollen International Eisteddfods Voice of the Future competition.

With a choral background, Eleanor was a scholar at St Chads Cathedral, Birmingham, appeared as a soloist on the Birmingham Conservatoires recording of the complete choral works of Samuel Barber, under the direction of Paul Spicer and continues to perform chorally regularly around London.

Ellie enjoys a varied musical life as a vocal coach, Musical Director of the Billericay choral society, a performer of Oratorio and Opera, as well as having some experience as a stage manager and a director. On the stage, Eleanor has played several roles around the country, and always received excellent reviews. Recently she has worked with Kentish Opera as Dorabella and others in their Magic of Kentish Opera production, after understudying Lady Macbeth and more recently Violetta in their production of La Traviata last season. Ellie recently played Donna Anna with the Ludlow Orchestra in their performance of Mozarts Don Giovanni One of her favourite performances was a production of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, with a hand-picked orchestra from some of Birmingham Conservatoires finest. Eleanor has also played Mme Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with OPRA Cymru, Mozarts 1st Lady from The Magic Flute, Mme Lidoine(New Prioress) in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmelites, Gertrude and Hansel in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel, and La Zelatrice in Puccinis Suor Angelica.

Ellie Parsons is a soprano, formerly known as Eleanor Hodkinson.

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