Ellen Bullinger (Actress/Mezzo-Soprano) has a unique versatility for many musical genres and brings her passion to performing Broadway, Jazz, Pop, Classical and Sacred Music. This elegant songstress with a voice and heart of gold has performed all over the world and resides in NYC.
Ellen performed in the German production of The Phantom of the Opera for three years in Hamburg, Germany, portraying the role of Madame Giry (Kristen Blodgette, Musical Supervisor). There she was a live soloist on NDR Radio Hamburg. While abroad, Ellen performed Lullaby of Broadway in concert on German cruise ships with baritone, Jorg Westerkamp, throughout The Caribbean and South Africa. Also internationally, Ellen garnered standing ovations as she toured the Middle East and Far East headlining her one-woman shows, Dream and Here’s to Life with The Legend of the Seas 11-piece Orchestra on Royal Caribbean Cruises. Her charts were arranged by Shelly Markham, with orchestrations by Eddie Karam, Tex Arnold, and Harold Wheeler.
In NYC, Ellen starred as Leading Lady in the off-Broadway hit musical, Our Sinatra, at The Reprise Room, as well as played Diana in Lend Me a Tenor at the Women's Project Theatre, to benefit the Pediatric HIV Program at St. Vincent's Hospital. Regionally, she has performed in Our Sinatra at The Stage Door Theatre in FL, as Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at both The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, NY and The Riverside Theatre, FL, and as Opal McHone in the world premiere of Christy at The Cumberland County Playhouse, TN. Ellen has appeared in many Great American Songbook Concert Series at The Bristol Riverside Theatre in PA, including The Song is You…Songs of The Great American Songbook, I’ve Got You Under My Skin…Songs of the 1930’s, For Sentimental Reasons…a Tribute to the Unforgettable Nat “King” Cole, Once Upon a December…a Winter Musicale, and Ellington by Starlight…a Tribute to “The Duke.”
Miss Bullinger has headlined in concert with the Ocean City NJ Pops 26-piece Orchestra in Broadway Showstoppers and A Night at the Cabaret and, according to the Ocean City Sentinel, was “a total success” as she “wowed the audience,” “caused a near riot” and “had all the males breathing heavily.” She arranged her beautiful renditions with her orchestrator, Tedd Firth.
In cabaret, Ellen performed her show, Dream, at Eighty-Eight’s, NYC, accompanied by her musical director, Broadway conductor, Mark Hartman. They also performed this show as a benefit to build a beautiful new wing of her grade school, St. Margaret's, in Woodbury Heights, NJ, where she grew up singing at St. Margaret's church. She has also performed with Broadway composer Mickey Leonard in The Music of Michael Leonard at The Firebird, The Metropolitan Room, and The New York Sheet Music Society. Ellen has also performed in concert with award-winning composers, Bryon Sommers and Barry Levitt. She also performed in The Story Goes On…benefiting The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at The Laurie Beechman Room.
Ellen has enjoyed singing with many different orchestras, which include touring and recording with The Bud Forrest String of Pearls Big Band in Holiday Swing, as well as performing with The Supper Club Orchestra at The Supper Club, The Garden Orchestra at Tavern on the Green, The Alan Quinn Orchestra, The Jump City Jazz Orchestra, The Chris Byars Octet, The Rich Siegel Trio, and jazz ensembles led by Kevin Fox and Tedd Firth.
Ellen has entertained at upscale venues worldwide with pianist Michael Walsh and The Smooth Spot Jazz Trio. Ellen has performed with her trio at The Grandhotel Giessbach in Switzerland, The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, The City Island Yacht Club, and in many of NYC’s elegant rooms including The Carnegie Club, The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel, The Grand Hyatt Regency, The Blue Fin at The W Hotel, The Firebird, Swing 46, Mix, Chez Suzette and The Greenroom, as well as at countless private parties. They also performed a special benefit concert at Sam’s for The September 11th Fund, What the World Needs Now…Music to Lift the Spirits. They have recorded many beautiful songs together, and also produced two albums together: Ellen's Christmas album, Christmastime is Here, and upcoming inspirational album, Leap of Faith.
As a studio musician, Ellen has recorded many original theatre, pop, and country songs for songwriters and has also recorded several concept albums of new musicals, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tart, and most recently, Wicked Moon, opposite Broadway baritone Sal Viviano, and musically directed by Barry Levitt. Ellen is also featured on Latin pop star Alejandro Lagrotta’s album, Levantante, in their original duet, “Do You Believe in Love (This Way)?” on Tierra Roja Music.
Ellen has worked as a music minister, leading prayer through song, at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, a gorgeous Catholic cathedral in Manhattan near Lincoln Center for the last 15 years. Ellen has also coordinated the music for hundreds of brides for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Ellen performed her half-classical, half-jazz Christmas recital, O Night Divine, here with her pianist/arranger, Bill Lewis and cellist, E. Zoe Hassman, to benefit the homeless shelter at St. Pauls's where she has been volunteering for over 10 years. Ellen has a deep passion for making a difference, which grew during her travels to 40 countries, which included several 3rd world countries, and has completed her 4th year as Co-Director of The St. Paul the Apostle Homeless Shelter. Ellen was a guest soloist last season at the new Spiritual Arts Center NYC for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This holiday season, Ellen is cantoring 9am mass at St. Margaret Church in South Jersey for Thanksgiving and is joined by tenor, Dougas Benoit, and is also cantoring there on Christmas morning at 10am. She'll also be cantoring the 11:30am Easter mass at St. John Vianney 2017.
Ellen is currently starring in the off-Broadway hit musical celebration, Our Sinatra along with Ronny Whyte and Brian Long at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC on December 26th at 7pm and January 1st at 6pm, 2017. Find more details, ticket information and other appearances on the events page.
This Mezzo-Soprano attended the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera. Miss Bullinger studies voice with her mentor, opera star Dr. Barbara Dever, and Dr. Michael Warren. She also teaches private voice lessons at her midtown Manhattan vocal studio. Ellen is a proud member of The Actor's Equity Association.
Ellen’s uplifting Christmas CD will be available at her upcoming holiday gigs:
Check back for more information regarding her upcoming inspirational album, Leap of Faith, which is soon to be released. This album features Irish, Sacred, and Inspirational favorites, including Ellen's original composition, "Leap of Faith".
Listen to the title track here: