Sirry Ella, Mezzo
Sirry Ella first appeared in England as a prize-winner in the Gold award singing competition for concert singers at the Aldeburgh Festival, having already won prizes in Toulouse and at the Flanders Festival.
She commenced her musical studies in violin, voice and composition in her native Iceland and went on to study at the University of Music in Vienna,where she qualified as a singing teacher and went on to study opera , lieder and oratorio. There she was a pupil of the eminent Hans Gillesberger and Erik Werba. She twice won a Scholarship from the Italian government to study in Rome and Florence. She has taken part in Masterclasses given by Gerhard Hüsch, Gerard Souzay and appeared on BBC Television in the Luciano Pavarotti Masterclass broadcast from the Barbican Hall.
Sirry Ella’s debut in opera was at the Icelandic National Theatre as Cherubino - of her many roles in her homeland her Carmen was a spectacular success.
She has since worked internationally, with engagements in opera and concerts in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Egypt, Scandinavia and the USA and has sung in many of the world’s great concert halls such as Vienna´s Musikverein Goldener Saal and the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. She sang the role of Delilah in the Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has sung in “Friday night is Music Night” from the Barbican Hall,with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductors include Michael Tilson Thomas, James Lockhart, Jane Glover, André Bernard, J-Jacques Kantorow , Robin Stapleton, David Parry, John Barker and Gilbert Levine .
Sirry Ella has appeared in numerous international festivals, The Flanders festival, The Flaine Festival, Batigniano , the Windsor Festival, the Saint Donat Bach Festival, and the Camden Festival.
She toured Korea and Japan as a principal artist with the Royal Opera.She has worked for Opera North and Scottish Opera , the European Chamber Opera,and many smaller opera companies. Her leading roles in opera are Carmen, Delilah, Dorabella, Marcellina, Rosina, Charlotte, Amneris Ulrica, Acuzena and Maddalena .
Sirry Ella´s Concert repertoire includes Bach’s Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,Choral Fantasy and Missa Solemnis, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody , Mahler’s second and eighth Symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde, Dvorak’s Requiem , Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and the Requiems by Mozart and Verdi as well as Mahler’s Aus des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert Lieder Wagner‘s Wesendonk Lieder and De Falla‘s Siete Canciones populares. She made her Wigmore Hall debut in 1989, with Geoffrey Parsons. In Vienna she was a member of the Ensemble Kontraste,touring Italy with 20th. Century music. World premieres of modern works include Stephen Oliver’s opera Mario e il Mago and Atli Heimir Sveinsson´s opera Vikivaki.
She has sung on many recordings in Iceland, the most popular of which are a recital of Icelandic songs with Ó.V. Albertsson, On Wings of Song with Graham Johnson,and a best selling Christmas record.
Sirry Ella was called upon to sing at the inauguration of Iceland‘s first female president and followed her on two state visits. In 1989 she was awarded the Icelandic Order of the Falcon.
Sirry Ella has tought singing for many years to a wide variety of students, including Alexander technique teachers. Through her own experience of a nerve injury to her throat and her fight back to vocal health she has gained valuable insight into how the voice works, and has helped numerous singers with their vocal problems.