British soprano Ella de Jongh is a recent graduate the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied under the tutelage of Professor Janice Chapman, graduating from the Artist Masters Course in July 2019. Ella previously studied with Professor Susan McCulloch for eight years before and during her time at the Guildhall. She has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses in song and opera with the likes of Brenda Hurley, Tobias Truniger, Susan Bullock, Elaine Kidd, Roderick Williams and Birgid Steinberger.
Ella is currently in her second year of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School and will be performing the roles of Silvia in Mascagni's Zanetto (November 2020) and Tartagliona in Dove's The Little Green Swallow (February 2021). In the summer of 2019, Ella was fortunate enough to be an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera in their highly acclaimed production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride at Wormsley Estate under Director Paul Curran and Conductor Jac van Steen. Other recent notable engagements include reaching the final in the Susan Longfield Competition for Sopranos and Mezzo-Sopranos, performing a Pre-LSO Czech Platform at the Barbican Hall as well as the UK Premiere of Andrew Norman's newly commissioned opera A Trip to the Moon with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Operatic roles include Cleaning Lady I'm Cleaning, I'm Cleaning, The Witch Hansel und Gretel and First Lady The Magic Flute. Scenes roles include Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Giorgetta Il tabarro, Elizabeth 1st Gloriana, Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Lady Billows Albert Herring, Mistress Ford Merry Wives of Windsor and Vitellia La clemenza di Tito.
​As an oratorio soloist, Ella is in high demand and concerts include Mendelssohn Elijah, Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat, Bach Magnificat, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Missa in Augustiis, Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. Ella has recorded a number of CDís with Faber & Faber, as part of the national Sing Up! campaign and in 2014, completed a commercial for Apple under award winning Marketing and Advertising director Ian Thatcher.
Ella is a singing teacher much in demand in the London, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex areas; she is sought-after for her knowledge, patience and dedication. Ella also has a 100% pass rate for London College of Music and ABRSM Singing and Theory exams.
Alongside her classical and operatic performing career, Ella enjoys teaching all genres of music and seeks a great deal of pleasure from her students making progress, developing vocally and emotionally. She approaches teaching in a holistic manner, with her teaching firmly science-based, and believes in creating a sound and stable technical base through personalised exercises and detailed pedagogical work. It is very important to her that she clearly communicates how the voice works, why exercises are given and which areas of the technique they address. Ella creates a very safe environment for her students to grow and thrive musically and in their performing ability.
Ella teaches from her home in Tooting and covers areas of South West London including Merton, Mitcham, Croydon, Colliers Wood, Balham and Clapham. She also runs a private studio on the Hampshire/Sussex borders and also teaches at Highfield and Brookham Schools, where many of her students go on to gain music scholarships at some of the country's most prestigious public schools. Ella's students have also gone on to gain places at some of the most reputable music colleges and performing institutions.
Ella is a member is the Independent Society of Musicians (ISM) and Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS).