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Guest Musicians 2018

Allison Bell

Soprano

Within the space of a few years the lyric coloratura soprano Allison Bell has established herself as one of the leading interpreters of contemporary music. She was universally praised for her performance in the role of Sierva Maria in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ opera Love and Other Demons under Vladimir Jurowski at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2008, and under Peter Eötvös at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Vilnius and the Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg: “To the character of Sierva Maria, Allison Bell brings a soprano of great agility and lustre; the coloratura writing is delightfully outrageous, but her virtuosity is every bit its match” (OPERA).

Allison Bell has been a frequent guest with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski since 2009 and has also sung several concerts under the conductor with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra (Berg’s Lulu Suite and Fauré’s Les noces de Promété) and the Ensemble United Berlin. She proved a sensation at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow (Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges) and MONA in Hobart with Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables and the Australian premiere of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre. In 2013/14, the British premiere of John Zorn’s La Machine de l’Être (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) followed under the baton of Ilan Volkov, as well as Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Ravel’s Shéhérazade (Iceland Symphony Orchestra).

Allison Bell also works regularly with the Australian composer Brett Dean and performed his piece And once I played Ophelia with the Britten Sinfonia at Wigmore Hall in London and on their European tour to great acclaim. In 2015, she released a recording of Dean's piece with the Doric String Quartet, which received rave reviews. In November 2016, Allison Bell performed the world premiere of Dean’s From Melodious Lay with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein at the Barbican Centre London.

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