From Wilmette, Illinois, Colombian-American soprano Ella Torres is committed to singing diverse repertoire. She particularly enjoys interpreting German Lieder, off-the-beaten-path art songs, and works by American composers. Recent performances include Dora in Lori Laitman’s The Three Feathers with Opera Steamboat’s Opera Artist Institute, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Summer Opera, and Polyxo/Soprano 3 in Kate Soper's Here Be Sirens (Suite) with Eastman Opera Theatre. In 2022, Ella graduated with a B.M. in voice and arts leadership certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She is currently pursuing an M.M. in voice at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
In addition to performing, Ella has a strong passion for performing arts leadership. In 2022, she received an arts leadership certificate from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Through this certificate program, she took coursework in donor relations, grant writing, business plan development, audio recording, media, promotion, and marketing. In 2021, Ella interned with Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, IL) and The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Rochester, NY). At Jacobs, Ella works for the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development as the Media Specialist on the Student Leadership Team.
Through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), Ella was an HSF Scholar during the 2021-22 academic year and attended their 2021 Media and Entertainment Summit. She is a fierce advocate for Latinx excellence in classical music. Additionally, Ella is a proud alumna of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). She held leadership positions in her collegiate chapter every semester. Ella was also a collegiate initiate of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda at Eastman.