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Ella Marchment to head up Mikado revival

Opera Anywhere is delighted to announce that the opera director and designer, Ella Marchment, will direct a new revival of our long standing and popular Gilbert and Sullivan production of The Mikado.

Our cast will include a number of changes and we are in the process of a redesign of our stage set.. and our first performances will take place from May onwards and throughout 2020, see

Ella Marchment is an opera director, cultural leader, and public speaker, who is represented by Day Macaskill of Cruickshank Cazenove in London.

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 Opera-Directing Prize.

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 holds a first-class honours degree in music – with German and Italian – from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, as well as postgraduate qualifications in set design and teaching drama. She is part of the vocal arts faculty at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in their 2019-2020 season, and other upcoming projects include: directing at The Royal College of Music, The 2020 International Opera Awards, assisting at Dutch National Opera, devising new operas with schools based on Così Fan Tutte for English Touring Opera, and directing scenes at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

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