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Emma Bell

Soprano

Biography

Emma Bell in action.
Emma Bell in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2011

British soprano Emma Bell made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Leonora (Maskarade) and has since returned to sing Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Tina (Weir’s Miss Fortune), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) for the Company.

Bell was born in Leamington Spa and trained at the Royal Academy of Music with Joy Mammen, who continues to teach her. She won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1998 and in 2002 took up a three-year contract at the Komische Oper Berlin, where her roles included Alcina, Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Agathe (Der Freischütz) and Mimì (La bohème). Appearances since include Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Leonore (Fidelio) for English National Opera, Leonore for Opera North, Elettra (Idomeneo) and Donna Elvira for La Scala, Milan, Countess Almaviva for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Opéra-Bastille, Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Glyndebourne Festival, Governess (The Turn of the Screw) for Teatro Real, Madrid, and Elsa (Lohengrin) for Welsh National Opera and Hamburg State Opera.

A prolific concert artist, Bell has sung widely in the UK and with orchestras including Orchestra Nazionale of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, in repertory ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Britten’s War Requiem. She appears regularly at the BBC Proms. Bell lives in Eastbourne and in her spare time is a keen gardener and sea-swimmer.

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