Former academy pupil attracts acclaim

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A FORMER Ellon Academy pupil has achieved critical acclaim in her first year as a fully professional soprano.

Eleanor Dennis is presently on tour with Scottish Opera on their Highland and Islands tour called ‘Opera Highlights’ and is performing at venues across the north-east this week, including Inverness, Banchory and Birnam near Dundee. The Glasgow Herald critic has described her rendition of Rimsky Korsakov’s ‘Golden Cockerel’ aria ‘breath-taking’ and the Scottish Express described it as a ‘tingling’ performance.

She left the Royal College of Music in July, and made her debut at the Coliseum Theatre in November before performing at the Barbican in London on New Year’s Eve.

Eleanor has a busy year ahead, with performances with the Classical Opera Company at the London Handel Festival, and a live performance on Radio 3 scheduled for March 26.

She also plans to marry fiancé, James Hill, in Cornwall in May.

Eleanor said: “Its been an amazing year for me and the reception to my performances has been wonderful. I have been away from James a lot, which is never easy, but being a successful singer is my dream job and I am enjoying every minute of it.”