02.21.16Critical Acclaim for Ellen Wieser's performance at Ottawa's Viennese Winter Ball
Caroline Phillips, of the Ottawa Citizen, wrote that "soprano Ellen Wieser gave a gorgeous performance" during the 19th edition of the Viennese Winter Ball in Ottawa. Read the full article here!
11.26.15Critical Acclaim for Ellen Wieser as Helena in Tobin Stokes' The Vinedressers
Dawn Martens, in the Fall 2015 Opera Canada magazine, had this to say about Ellen Wieser's performance as Helena in The Vinedressers at Highlands Opera:
"Ellen Wieser's supple voice moved with ease from soaring duets to her haunting, ghostly appearance in the final act, effectively portraying Helena's journey from the naivety of new love to the horror of being torn away from that physical presence... Wieser's and Myers' 'The Vinedressers Duet' was poignantly beautiful and the attractive singers were completely believable as star-crossed lovers."
08.08.15More Critical Acclaim for Ellen Wieser as Ginsburg at Castleton Festival
In the most recent review of Scalia-Ginsburg at the Castleton Festival, Nicholas M. Gallagher of The American Interest wrote:
"In a powerful yet lucid soprano, Wieser, who’s on her way to establishing a strong place on the touring circuit, simply soared."
To view the full article visit the link provided.
07.15.15MSNBC coverage of Scalia/Ginsburg Premiere
The world premiere of Scalia/Ginsburg at the Castleton Festival (starring Ellen Wieser as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) was covered extensively by MSNBC. Use the link to watch footage, which includes clips from the premiere and highlights of Ellen's discussion with host Irin Carmon.
07.12.15Reviews are in for Scalia/Ginsburg World Premiere at Castleton Festival
Ellen created the role of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Castleton Festival's world premiere of Scalia/Ginsburg by Derrick Wang. Here is what reviewers are saying about her opening night performance:
"Ellen Wieser’s looks and voice suggest this is a star in her own right and therefore perfectly cast as a younger, and equally glamorous RBG... Wieser has such fun with the role, one forgets she is swooping in and out of various difficult operatic and other repertoire and voice registers with lightning speed."
-Susan Galbraith, DCTheatreScene.com, 14 July, 2014
-Excerpted from "Scalia/Ginsburg Opera Debuts at Castleton"
"Ellen Wieser as Ginsburg is especially compelling, with a strong, clear soprano voice and a stage presence and feminist swagger that Notorious RBG fans will adore."
-David Lat, Above The Law, 16 July, 2015
-Excerpted from "ATL Opera Review: Scalia/Ginsburg"
"Ginsburg, sung with animation, clarity and a light, flexible soprano voice by Ellen Wieser, is clearly the sympathetic heroine of the work."
-Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 12 July, 2014
-Excerpted from "'Scalia/Ginsburg': And affectionate comic opera look at the High Court"
"Soprano Ellen Wieser and tenor John Overholt are convincing both as flexible, comic opera singers and justices with inner lives."
-Mark Swed, LosAngeles Times, 13 July, 2014
-Excerpted from "'Scalia/Ginsburg' Opera Underscores how Opposites can be in Harmony"
For full reviews, visit the following links:
11.18.14Ellen Wieser Major Prizewinner at the 21st Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique Gala in Montreal
During the 21st Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Gala on November 16, 2014 in Montreal, an international panel of invited Opera directors selected laureate Ellen Wieser to receive the Prix Lyrique Allemand and the Prix Lyrique Japonais. Details of awards are as follows:
Prix Lyrique Allemand
(German Lyric Prize)
Hesse Foundation Bursary to support auditions preparation in Amsterdam with the Orfeo Foundation, followed by auditions in the Netherlands and Germany
Prix Lyrique Japonais
(Japanese Lyric Prize)
A concert tour in Japan slated for Fall, 2015, organized by the Yokkaichai Piano-Forte Association, and supported by a Velan Foundation Bursary
10.05.14Ellen Wieser is awarded the Fidapa Prize in the Alcamo International Voice Competition
During the Prizewinners' Gala Concert of the Alcamo International Voice Competition in Alcamo, Sicily, Ellen Wieser was awarded the Fidapa (International Federation of Business and Professional Women) Prize. The cash prize is intended to help finance further study and professional development.
10.04.14Ellen Wieser to perform in Prizewinners' Gala Concert of the Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lyrici della Città di Alcamo
After the final round of the Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lyrici della Città di Alcamo, Sicily on October 4, Ellen Wieser has been selected as one of seven to perform in the Prizewinners' gala concert on October 5. Prizes will be designated at the end of the concert.
09.21.14Renaissance Improvisation Videos now available online
In 2013 Ellen was part of quartet of singers that traveled to Venice, Italy to perform improvised Renaissance counterpoint during the Con la mente e con le mani conference at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, under the direction of VivaVoce (Montreal) director Peter Schubert. They reproduced the concert at McGill University in the Spring of 2014. Video excerpts are now available online, using the link provided!
06.15.14Ellen Wieser named a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques programme for second consecutive year
Following national auditions in the Spring of 2014, Ellen joins a distinguished roster of singers for her second year as a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Programme. She will represent Canada in the semi-finals of the Concorso Internzionale per Cantanti Lyrici in Alcamo, Italy in October, 2014, and participate in the Rencontres Lyriques Internationales de Montreal as well the 21st annual JAL Gala in November, 2014.
10.22.13La soprano montréalaise Ellen Wieser chante Starmania en Corée du Sud
JEONJU - Faire 18 heures d'avion pour chanter Stone de Starmania à un public coréen, ça pourrait être la façon simpliste de résumer la première expérience de la soprano montréalaise Ellen Wieser à titre de jeune ambassadrice lyrique.
To read Claude Deschenes' full article, please use link provided
09.06.13Getting Personal with Ellen Wieser - Opera Lyra Ottawa Blog
Ellen discusses the arts and opera on the Opera Lyra Ottawa Blog, in preparation for the upcoming opening of Carmen, which opens tomorrow at the National Arts Centre! Ellen plays the role of Frasquita alongside an all-star cast.
07.30.13Ellen Wieser joins the roster of Domoney Artists Management
Ellen is excited to join the distinguished roster of singers, conductors and stage directors at Domoney Artists Management. Please use the link for more information and bookings.
05.11.13Ellen Wieser named a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Program
As a laureate of this year's Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Program, soprano Ellen Wieser has been invited to sing in a gala concert at Montreal's Salle Bourgie (Musee des Beaux Arts) for over a dozen representatives of European opera houses in November. She will also travel to Seoul, South Korea to sing works by Quebecois composers during the Jeonju International Sori Festival.
04.16.13Montrealistement's Review of Ceccarelli's "Toute clarté m'est obscure"
Here what the reviewers had to say about Supermusique's recent presentation of Isaiah Ceccarelli's "Toute clarte m'est obscure":
"Le public aura eu la chance de toucher un petit moment de paradis dans un samedi soir agité du centre-ville. Une zone franche où calme et volupté ont imposé leur loi. Dans la lignée des grands compositeurs mystiques : Hildegarde von Bingen, Pärt, et le Liszt en fin de parcours, Ceccarelli impose une voix unique dans notre paysage musical. À partir de prémisses simples, il nous offre une oeuvre aboutie, que j’ai pris plaisir à écouter.
And about Ellen Wieser:
"...dans quelques strophes plus mélodiques, la chanteuse Ellen Wieser a livré un texte aux résonances moyenâgeuses de la plume du compositeur également. Très belle voix à la tessiture immense, elle a parfaitement servi cette mélodie baignée de l’influence de Berg."
To read the whole article, follow the link provided
04.09.13View a promotional video for the Mont-Royal Baroque Collective's upcoming opéra-ballet, Campra's L'Europe Galante
Use the link to view video. The opera is coming up this Thursday and Friday at Montréal's Rialto Theatre!
04.09.13Isaiah Ceccarelli discusses Toute clarté m'est obscure
Use the link to view video. The concert is coming up this Saturday at Montréal's Église St. John the Evangelist!
03.01.13Reviews are in for Opera da Camera's "Nozze"
Here's what reviewers had to say about Ellen Wieser's Countess in Opera da Camera's "Nozze di Figaro":
“Wieser, as the Countess, graciously held the moral high ground in the ridiculous plot and dispatched one of the more difficult vocal parts with aplomb; her tone has bite and a promising weightlessness"
-Lev Bratishenko, roverarts.com, 24 February, 2013
-Excerpted from “Friendly Opera"
“I especially enjoyed the adorable relationship between the charming, sweet-faced Susanna (played by Valérie Bélanger) and the gorgeous and tragic Countess (played by Ellen Wieser)."
-Vic, bloodyunderrated.net, 24 February, 2013
-Excerpted from “Le Nozze di Figaro @ Rialto Theatre"
For the full reviews, visit http://roverarts.com/2013/02/friendly-opera/ and
01.23.13Welcome Overtures from the World of Opera: Young companies focus on accessibility to draw new audiences
Gazette coverage of the upcoming "Nozze di Figaro" by Opera da Camera. Article by Lev Bratishenko
01.23.13Ellen Wieser and Martin-Michel Boucher rehearse for Opera da Camera's Figaro
Montreal Gazette photographed a recent OdC rehearsal for the upcoming "Nozze di Figaro" at the Rialto Theatre
12.11.12Great New Photos from Music and Beyond 2012
Visit the link provided to view exciting photos capturing the 2012 Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. To see Ellen in action, click on the "Celebration Concert", "Concerts on the Boat", and "Beyond the Music" links!
11.23.12Capital Critics' Circle Reviews Opera Lyra Ottawa's "Cinderella"
"Ellen Wieser’s potrayal of Clorinda/Tisbe was so convincing that it is really hard to decide whether she is better as a singer or as an actress."
-Rajka Stefanovska, Capital Critics' Circle, 4 November, 2012
-Excerpted from "Cinderella: Opera Lyra’s adaptation captures the
magic of Rossini's Cenerentola"
Please use link to view full article
10.26.12Centretown News Discusses the Future of Opera Lyra Ottawa and Cinderella
Ottawa's Centretown News visited one of our Cinderella rehearsals to snap some photos. This article reflects on Opera Lyra's efforts to bring opera to the community, and its plans to revitalize opera in the Capital City.
09.28.12Picton County Weekly News' Review of Barber's "Hermit Songs" with Stephane Lemelin at the Prince Edward County Music Festival
"Before a capacity crowd, the program opened with a beautifully sung presentation of American composer Samuel Barber's song cycle, Hermit Songs, with soprano Ellen Wieser accompanied by Lemelin... Wieser handled each [song] in keeping with its mood, from beaming smiles to plaintive expressions..."
-Jack Evans, Picton County Weekly News, September 27, 2012
-Excerpted from "Poignant Close to PEC Music Festival"
Please use link to view full article
04.27.12Review of Mont-Royal Baroque Collective's "Pygmalion" from roverarts.com
“Recently arrived to Montreal, Soprano Ellen Wieser was an easy actress… a beam of sunshine…"
-Lev Bratishenko, roverarts.com, April 21, 2012
-Excerpted from “I Could Have Danced (Baroque Music) All Night"
Please use link to view full article
04.04.12Gallery Gora Concert Cancelled
The recital scheduled for April 27 at Montreal's Gallery Gora has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for upcoming Montreal recital dates.
11.08.11Radio interview with Radio Canada's Bis Petitpas
Bis Petitpas live with Caroline Bleau, Rachelle Tremblay and Ellen Wieser, discussing the opera 'Carmen'.
10.13.11New Recordings now Online
Visit the "Listen" section of this site to hear Ellen's latest collaboration with her duo partner and brother, pianist Marc Wieser.
10.12.11View Jeunesses Musicales de Canada's 'Carmen' promotional video
Both fall and spring tour casts are featured on the JMC's promotional video for the 2011/12 production of 'Carmen'. Ellen Wieser will appear as Frasquita in the fall tour, kicking off on October 27 in Montreal.
10.04.11Review of Ana Sokolovic's "Tanzer Lieder" from the County Weekly News
“Soprano Ellen Wieser had a warm interaction with the audience as she worked her way through this challenging, highly contemporary work which included numerous discordant intervals, slides and, at the close, even speaking musically as Sokolovic used the human voice like a highly versatile instrument."
-Jack Evans, County Weekly News, Sept. 29, 2011
-Excerpted from “A Classic Close to Festival"
Please use link to view full article
09.24.11Prince Edward County Music Festival's Featured Composer, Ana Sokolovic, honored by the SMCQ
The Picton (Ontario) region will be the enchanting backdrop for the launch of the 2011-12 season devoted to Ana Sokolović: five of her works will be performed by as many ensembles, and in the space of only a few days. Why? Sokolović will be the guest of honour for this year’s Prince Edward County Music Festival, which for the past 8 years has provided the public with an upclose view of today’s music... For full story, please follow link provided
06.30.11Highlights from Da caelo servare (Ceccarelli) now online
Listen to highlights from the June 25 presentation of Da caelo servare, by Isaiah Cecarelli. Recorded live at L'Envers in Montreal.
06.21.11View highlights from New Jersey City University Bel Canto Recital Series on YouTube
Use the following link to access videos on YouTube, or click on this page's "watch" tab to view highlights from the New Jersey City University Bel Canto Recital Series April 6, 2011 concert.
04.20.11Ellen Wieser to Step In at the Last Minute for Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang"
With forty-eight hours notice, Ms. Wieser will step in as the soprano soloist for Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang" this Friday. The concert will take place at the First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It will feature the First Mennonite Church Choir, under the direction of Yuri Klaz.
02.28.11Review of Danny Clay's "Children's Songs" from Jessica McCafferty, The News Record
"However, Clay saved his best work for last. "Children's Songs," for soprano and piano, ended the program. Text came from poems by children of Ohio elementary schools, published in the 1981 anthology "Something I Wrote Myself," by the Ohio Arts Council. Clay dedicated the work to soprano Ellen Wieser, who performed it wonderfully.
This set of seven works ranged the gamut from hysterical to terrifying to fantastical, with Clay's setting matching the text beautifully. Stumbling and laughing, Wieser entered, changing moods to fit the changing and often disjunctive thoughts. Especially enjoyable was the movement "School Picture," exuding youthful confidence and narcissism. The final movement, "In the Morning," fantasized of flying despite doubts as Clay's music floated away."
02.26.11Live recording of "Children's Songs" by Danny Clay is available online
Live recording from the premiere in Cincinnati, OH on February 22, 2011. Performed by Ellen Wieser, soprano and Baris Buyukyildirim, piano.