Ottawa-born soprano Ellen McAteer, hailed by CBC Radio as a “young, rising star”, is the two-time recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera, and has been awarded the Ruby Mercer Opera Award, a Schulich Scholarship, the Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize, the E. M. Wirth Scholarship and was named Jeune espoir Lyrique Canadien by Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques.



Ellen’s performed operatic roles are diverse and include several premieres, such as the role of Rebecca in Joel Ivany’s transladaptation and amalgamation of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, entitled No One’s Safe (The Banff Centre, dir. Joel Ivany), Mother in composer Joe Amato’s oratorio With Respect at the Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa, Chorus II in James Rolfe and Morris Panych’s Overcoat (Tapestry Opera, dir. Jordan de Souza) and the concert work Girl by Donald Patriquin (Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, dir. Jackie Hawley).


Other performed roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Toronto City Opera, dir. Erik Thor), First Lady and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas (Opera Atelier, dir. Pynkoski), Armida in Handel's Rinaldo (MAI, dir. Barbara Wojtczak), Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (The Banff Centre, dir. Paul Curran / Anna Theodosakis), Lola in James Rolfe’s opera Crush (The Banff Centre, dir. Amiel Gladstone), Despina in Joel Ivany’s transladaptation of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, entitled A Little Too Cozy (Against the Grain Theatre, dir. Joel Ivany), Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto (Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, dir. Martin Haselböck) and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Theatre of Early Music, dir. Bill Coleman).


In concert, Ellen has performed a variety of repertoire including Respighi's Lauda per la Natività del Signore (Bethlehem Bach Choir), Handel's Israel in Egypt (Caelis Ensemble), Mozart's Requiem (Grand Philharmonic Choir), Fauré's Requiem (Ottawa Choral Society), Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (Bach Choir of Bethlehem), Bach’s Coffee Cantata (Theatre of Early Music), Handel’s Messiah (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra / Peterborough Singers), as well as modern works such as Golijov’s Tenebrae (Glenn Gould Ensemble), Pärt's L'Abbé Agathon (The Banff Centre),  and Britten’s Les illuminations de Rimbaud (University of Toronto with Helen Becqué) and Orff’s Carmina Burana (McGill University).


Ellen’s voice can be heard on several CDs, most recently the Juno-nominated Le refuge du cœur (Analekta 2015), The Vale of Tears (Analekta 2015) and Four Thousand Winter (Sony 2015), The Tree of Life (Sony 2016) and The Path to Paradise (Sony 2017)  featuring the newly formed Trinity Choir, directed by Daniel Taylor. 

Ellen holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from McGill University where she graduated with Excellence in Voice. 


Listen to Ellen McAteer in performance at SweetWater 2019. 

Opening Night Gala - Everything Old is New Again

Friday, September 20, 2019 

Historic Leith Church, Meaford, ON           8:00 p.m.



Sunday Matinee Finale - Reasons to Celebrate

Sunday, September 22, 2019 

Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, ON           2:00 p.m.