>Is there no way to do this? I want to use an elliptical selection, but at an
Looks like the rotate tool does not work on an empty selection.

A bit of a work-around would be.
make a new transparent layer an on this layer
make the ellipse
fill the ellipse with colour
select none
rotate and move to position
reselect by colour.

now delete the new layer leaving the selection.

a few screen shots here

The snag is obvious, the size/shape of the ellipse is not determined at the
final location.

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