Ella Marchment, artistic director of Helios Collective and Constella OperaBallet has worked on over 80 opera and theatre productions throughout Europe and produced over 100 events that span opera, ballet, musicals, concerts, theatre, comedy, workshops, club nights, art instillations, and development programmes. Her many directing credits include Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich at Mariinsky II, an opera–ballet production of Stravinsky’s Renard, an acclaimed international tour of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs For A Mad King, Verdi’s Macbeth, and a sell-out West End production of An Evening with Lucian Freud starring Cressida Bonas. Ella is also co-founder of Theatre N16, which promotes new plays and opera adaptations.
Ella has been employed by companies including the Royal Opera House, International Opera, Melos Sinfonia, and Opera Integra. She is committed to solving problems regarding opera’s accessibility and creating professional development opportunities for young artists. Ella especially enjoys presenting opera with a twist: in 2015 she wrote and directed a play–opera adaptation of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and set up a series of Opera Club Nights in Peckham. Ella became the first director to receive an International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary in 2015. Her work is currently supported by Arts Council England and The British Council Artists International Development grant with Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera). Ella is looking forward to her fifth year with the Buxton family.