Opera Director & Artistic Director

Ella Marchment Opera Director


Ella Marchment is widely acclaimed as one of opera’s most original auteur directors and artistic directors. Her productions have been staged across the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and America, as well as broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 3 and internationally on Opera Vision.

Since 2017 Ella has been the Director of the International Opera Awards, hosting ‘the Oscars of opera’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, ENO’s London Coliseum, and Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.

Ella has founded and led a number of arts organisations, including the internationally celebrated Opera Harmony movement, and she is a regular speaker at conferences and masterclasses held by world-renowned companies and conservatoires.

Ella is currently:

Latest Productions

Louisa May Alcott, LITTLE WOMEN, 2022, directed by Ella Marchment, Opera Holland Park, London, UK


As a director who works internationally, Ella believes that opera should be thrilling to make, enthralling to watch, and accessible to everyone.

In bringing fresh ideas to canonical works, Ella’s critically lauded productions appeal to both new and established audiences alike.

Tremendously enjoyable and accomplished…what a delightful operatic experience

– Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

For more information about Ella’s opera productions and directing credits, click here.

Ella is represented professionally by Day Macaskill of Cruickshank Cazenove.

Artistic Director

Ella’s innovatory projects and productions have included new opera commissions; masterclasses led by internationally renowned directors, composers, conductors, and singers; opera club nights and festivals; a new operatic format that combines opera arias with theatrical scripts; an operatic short film for Channel 4; interactive animated opera productions; research-driven rescoring and restaging of canonical works; operas programmed alongside plays; international competitions for new compositions; and operas combined with ballet and modern dance.

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As an artistic director, a film and stage director, and a professor of opera, Ella has spoken and lectured at world-renowned companies and conservatoires.

Ella has addressed events held at Opera Europa in the Netherlands and Italy; The Royal Opera House, The Southbank Centre, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The Wiener Holocaust Library in London; Arts Council England in Bristol; Welsh National Opera in Cardiff; and The Dallas Opera and Opera in the Rock in America. Ella has also featured in broadcasts hosted by BBC Woman’s Hour, OperaCast and Resonance FM.

Ella’s engagements have covered topics such as the art of stage directing, the role of women in opera, diversity in theatre and the arts, opera management, the future of opera, and arts funding.

Click here to contact Ella about a speaking or lecturing engagement.

Professor & Writer

Ella Marchment is presently the Director of Opera and an Associate Professor at Shenandoah Conservatory, one of America’s most eminent universities for music.

From 2021 to 2022 Ella worked as a guest director at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. From 2019 to 2021 Ella was a member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama vocal faculty in London, and from 2020 to 2021 she was the Director of Opera at Northern Illinois University in the USA.

Ella has been commissioned by publishers in London to write a book on arts management.

International Opera Awards 2019 Directed by Ella Marchment


In both 2018 and 2022 Ella was a semi-finalist in the European Opera-Directing Prize, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards in the arts and culture category. In 2015 Ella became the first opera director to receive an International Opera Awards bursary.

Ella has 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 a scholarship for academic excellence awarded by King’s College London. Ella also has postgraduate qualifications in set design from Central St Martins in London, and in teaching drama from City Lit in London.

International Opera Awards, Director

Ella has directed the International Opera Awards since 2017.

As a highlight of the opera calendar the ceremony brings together artists and producers to recognise excellence in opera worldwide and to promote opera as a thriving and progressive art form.

Since its foundation in 2012 the International Opera Awards has raised funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, providing bursaries for aspiring artists, including singers, directors, conductors, répétiteurs and accompanists.

International Opera Awards 2019 Directed by Ella Marchment

The Opera Festival of Chicago, Artistic Director and Co-founder

The Opera Festival of Chicago presents world-class productions of Italian masterpieces that are seldom performed in the United States. The company aspires to generate an appetite for opera within the Chicago demographic; to make operatic works and their cultural contexts accessible to a wide audience; and to highlight and celebrate the immense artistic talent of the Chicagoland area.

Ella worked for several years on the planning and fundraising needed to establish The Opera Festival of Chicago, and she has been the company’s Artistic Director since it was founded in 2019.

Something great here rises

Chicago Tribune

Opera Harmony, Artistic Director and Founder

In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ella founded Opera Harmony, a global arts collective of more than 100 composers, librettists, directors, choreographers, designers, musicians, singers, actors, dancers, sound engineers and film-makers.

While isolated on different continents and in different time zones, the artists wrote and filmed twenty original short operas, developing a range of trailblazing production techniques while they worked.

The internationally acclaimed operas attracted record-breaking viewing numbers worldwide when they premiered on OperaVision in the summer of 2020

A genuinely imaginative fusion of sound and screen that manages to say something worthwhile

The Guardian

SWAP’ra, Co-founder

In 2018 Ella co-founded SWAP’ra, a charity that supports women and parents working in opera.

SWAP’ra also helps opera companies to realise the long-term benefits of making talent-based gender-indiscriminate appointments.

Working with SWAP’ra points to a new way of looking at working practices in opera, while being realistic about the unusual nature of the business itself

Opera Holland Park

Helios Collective, Artistic Director and Founder

In 2012 Ella founded Helios Collective, a pioneering opera company that commissioned and staged new compositions, reimagined works from the canon, and provided opportunities for emerging artists to work alongside pre-eminent opera performers and producers.

Ella was the Artistic Director of Helios Collective from 2012 to 2021.

Helios Collective is something to be excited about: our music is in their hands

Broadway Baby

Constella OperaBallet, Artistic Director and Director of Productions

Constella OperaBallet has given numerous extensively acclaimed performances across the UK, including broadcasts on national radio and television. It has established a reputation for showcasing exceptionally talented artists in exhilarating and experimental productions.

Ella was the Artistic Director and the Director of Productions of Constella OperaBallet from 2016 to 2018.

Fun, fizzing, and contemporary

Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3

Theatre N16, Artistic Director and Co-founder

Co-founded by Jamie Eastlake and Ella Marchment, Theatre N16 promotes and stages cutting-edge productions across both theatre and opera.

Ella was the Artistic Director of Theatre N16 from 2015 to 2016.

Ella Marchment’s directing focuses on the multilayers of the story, bringing freshness to the writing



Ella is represented professionally by Day Macaskill of Cruickshank Cazenove.

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