Gloucestershire born soprano Ellie Neate is a scholarship student studying on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learns with Sarah Pring. Ellie’s studies are generously supported by the Guildhall School, the Fishmongers’ Company, and Help Musicians UK as a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder.
This summer Ellie is looking forward to performing the role of Denise in TEXT, a new opera written by GSMD Opera Makers team Michael Bascom (music) and Clare Best (libretto), and performing at Holland Park as Gretel in a co-production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel by British Youth Opera and Silent Opera.
In 2020 Ellie performed at Wigmore Hall with Julius Drake and Nicky Spence in a concert of Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared and Moravian folk songs which was broadcast live on BBC radio 3, and sang with artistic director Adrian Kelly at the Buxton International Festival Gala as a young artist, where she was cast as cover Galatea in the main Opera Festival/Early Opera Company’s cancelled co-production of Acis and Galatea. Ellie enjoys singing contemporary music, and in January 2020 she premiered the principal soprano role in Concrete Music by Jonathan Pease.
At the Guildhall School Ellie covered the role of Rita in Donizetti’s opera Rita and sang the Nightingale in a virtual performance of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco. Opera scenes performed at Guildhall include the roles of Norina, Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Ophélie (Hamlet), La Princesse (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Theodora. Other highlights include John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the UBU ensemble, Carmina Burana with the LSC conducted by Simon Halsey, and Bach’s ‘Wedding Cantata’ with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra.