Iain Bell

Composer In Parenthesis

Previously for Welsh National Opera
A Christmas Carol

Born in London, Iain Bell is best known for his vocal music (opera and song) and has developed a close artistic relationship with Diana Damrau, for whom he has written various works including Daughters of Britannia and The Hidden Place, as well as the opera A Harlot’s Progress (2013, Theater an der Wien, libretto by Peter Ackroyd). Other pieces 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. Forthcoming plans include a cantata commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London at Spitalfields Festival, a Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and his fourth main-stage opera, premièring in 2020.