Dr. Ellie Shattles, mezzo-soprano, received her DMA in Opera Performance from the University of Texas Butler Opera Theater Center in which she had the opportunity to sing Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Lucretia (Rape of Lucretia), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maddy (Three Decembers), Mme de Croissy (Dialogues of the Carmelites), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Jo (Little Women) and Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte). During the 2018 and 2019 Austin Symphony season, Ellie had the opportunity to sing Jazz selections (arranged by Conductor Peter Bay) honoring Leonard Bernstein’s birthday and the “Pie Jesu” from Durufle’s Requiem. During 2018, she performed Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and premiered Dan Welcher’s one-woman opera, The Yellow Wallpaper with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble and has also sung selected Strauss Lieder, and Bernstein’s Lamentations of Jeremiah with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Ellie had the opportunity to perform Verdi’s Requiem as the mezzo soloist with the Texas Round Top Symphony Orchestra and is thrilled to be returning as a soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 2015, Dr. Shattles made her Austin Opera debut as Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) and has performed multiple times in Houston with the early music group, Ars Lyrica, most recently, La Conversation (Les Plaisirs de Versailles).
Dr. Shattles received her B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Baylor University where she had the opportunity to perform Baba (The Medium), and Frau Reich (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) as well as maintained her side business as a Collaborative vocal pianist. Ellie has also attended several prestigious opera programs including Aspen Opera Theatre (2010, Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia), Merola Opera Program (2009, Dorabella, Così) and the Santa Fe Apprentice Program in both 2011 and 2012 where she covered Marthe in Gounod’s Faust and the Fortune Teller in Strauss’ Arabella. She returned to Santa Fe in 2013 as part of the children’s opera program to perform Mrs. Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. Ellie also had the pleasure in 2011 of being a Mary Ragland Young Artist for Nashville Opera and performed both Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Mercédès (Carmen).
Ellie was a 2008 National Semi-Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as a 2010 finalist for the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. Apart from her busy performing schedule, Dr. Shattles also teaches private voice in the Austin area where she specializes in several vocal techniques, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, opera, and helps singers heal from severe vocal issues. She also enjoys being a pianist for many of the musical theatre productions that occur in and around Austin and teaches musical theatre classes for Austin’s Zach Theatre.