Ella Marchment was born in 1992 to a British-Guyanese mother and British father. She has worked on over eighty opera and theatre productions throughout Europe. Her many directing credits include Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich at Mariinsky II, an opera–ballet production of Stravinsky’s Renard and an acclaimed international tour of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs For A Mad King. Ella is also co-founder of Theatre N16, which promotes new plays and opera adaptations.
Ella has completed observerships at the Royal Opera House with Kasper Holten, Oper Leipzig, Konzert Theater Bern, and worked on productions for International Opera, Buxton Festival, Melos Sinfonia, Opera de Bauge, and Opera Integra. Her theatre directing credits include musicals and plays, and her production of An Evening With Lucian Freud starring Cressida Bonas gained extensive international media coverage and glowing reviews. Ella enjoys presenting opera with a twist and in 2015 wrote and directed a play–opera adaptation of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and set up a series of Opera Club Nights in Peckham. She is committed to providing professional development opportunities for young artists, and was thrilled to become the first director to receive an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary to both further her own development and enable her to help other young artists too.