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 has assisted actress and director Fiona Shaw on a range of productions, including Cendrillon (RADA workshops for Glyndebourne), Medea (Wexford Festival Opera), and L’enfance du Christ (DSO Berlin). Other credits include being the associate director for Mary Birnbaum’s production of Dido & Aeneas (Juilliard Opera) in New York, London, and Paris, and the assistant director for Rodula Gaitanou’s production of Don Quichotte (Wexford Festival Opera) in Eire.
For eight years, Ella worked as a staff director at Buxton International Festival, directing cover productions of The Jacobin, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucio Silla, and Leonore and assisting Stephen Unwin, Stephen Medcalf, and Harry Silverstein. She has also worked for Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and been a principal speaker at events held at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, the Wiener Institute, Opera Europa (Netherlands), Arts Council England, and the Southbank Centre.
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.