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Iain Bell



British composer Iain Bell made his Royal Opera House debut in 2016 with In Parenthesis, commissioned and performed by Welsh National Opera.

Bell was born in London and started composing aged four. He is best known for his vocal music and has developed a close artistic relationship with Diana Damrau, for whom he has written the song cycles Daughters of Britannia, for which Bell also wrote the text (2007, European Music Festival), and The Hidden Place (2009, Theater an der Wien) as well as the opera The Harlot’s Progress (2013, Theater an der Wien). His other works include the opera A Christmas Carol (2014, Houston Grand Opera, starring Jay Hunter Morris and directed by Simon Callow), the orchestral song cycle A Litany in Time of Plague and the chamber song cycles Cradle Suite, Day Turned into Night, The Undying Splendour and These Motley Fools. His works have been performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Munich Opera Festival.

Bell’s recordings include The Hidden Place with Damrau and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Opera Essentials: Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis

22 June 2016
Opera Essentials: Iain Bell’s <em>In Parenthesis</em>

Our quick introduction to Iain Bell’s opera inspired by David Jones’s epic poem about the horrors of World War I.