Originally from Northern Ireland, soprano Ellen Mawhinney studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is now in her first year at Royal Academy Opera, studying with Kate Paterson and Ingrid
Operatic performances include Annina in La traviata with Northern Ireland Opera and Chorus in Die Fledermaus with Northern Ireland Opera, Alice in Wonderland with Opera Collective Ireland, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel and Jonathan Dove’s The Day After with Scottish Opera. Opera scenes include Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles and First Niece in Peter Grimes for Royal Academy Opera, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Zdenka in Arabella and Marguerite in Faust for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Ellen is the winner of Northern Ireland Opera’s Young Opera Voice of the Year award, the Deborah Voigt Prize at Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice, and the inaugural Charles Wood Song
Competition. She has been a featured artist live on BBC Radio 3: In Tune and spotlight recitalist for Classical Connections with BBCNI. She is a Leeds Lieder Young Artist and a member of the Academy