Mezzo-soprano Ellen Graham is a versatile singer who has garnered recognition for performances that are “stirring” and “beautifully sung.” She performs regularly in Cincinnati with organizations like Collegium Cincinnati, concert:nova and Queen City Opera. She is a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble and Austin, TX-based ensemble Conspirare, both under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. In addition, she has been a member of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus for over a decade.
Dr. Graham has performed with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of John Morris Russell and has appeared as a soloist with The May Festival under Robert Porco, as well as many regional orchestras including the Evansville Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony, and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra.
Equally, at home on the musical theater stage, she has performed in regional theaters including Pittsburgh Public Theater and the College Light Opera Company and has portrayed such roles as Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Madame Giry (Phantom of the Opera), Sheila (A Chorus Line) and Katisha in The Mikado. She can be heard singing the role of Orlofsky in the 2010 Albany Records recording of Die Fledermaus.
Dr. Graham received her doctorate at the University of Kentucky, her Master’s from Miami University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She has served as Visiting Faculty at Xavier University and Adjunct Instructor of Voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the Commercial Music Production Program, Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. Her research in voice science and vocal health was published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2016.