Allison Bell

soprano

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Biography

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 creating 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 Lithianian National Theatre and 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).

She continued her close collaboration with the composer as vocal soloist for concerts throughout France, Hungary and Spain, and for the CD Ensemble Linea Play Eötvös’ which was awarded several prizes. Since then Allison Bell has appeared on the opera stage performing a wide repertoire that includes La Folie (Platée), Mademoiselle Silberklang/Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Blondchen, Königin der Nacht, Adele, Oscar, Ophélie (Hamlet), Olympia, Juliette, Lakmé (Delibes), Zerbinetta, Waldvogel (Siegfried), Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Cunegonde (Candide).

Born in Tasmania, she read Music and History at the University of Sydney and continued her studies in Europe with Virgina Zeani after taking part in the Viñas Competition Barcelona. Other important teachers who shaped her musical career were Joan Sutherland, Magda Olivero, Ghena Dimitrova, Ileana Cortrubas, Gundula Janowitz, Dalton Baldwin and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

She has been a frequent guest with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski since 2009, performing the UK premieres of three works by Alfred Schnittke, an acclaimed debut of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Wigmore Hall (2010), Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (2012) and Polly Peachum in Weill’s Three Penny Opera in Paris and London (2013). She also performed Gorecki’s Third Symphony to great acclaim with the LPO and Michal Dworzynski in 2013. Most recently she made a glamourous appearance with the orchestra and Jurowski during a gala concert to mark Shakespeare’s 400th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall. She has also sung several concerts under the conductor with the Russian State Symphony (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 she sang the stage premiere of Gerald Barry‘s opera La Plus Forte at the inaugural London Contemporary Music Festival 2013 and Fausto Romitelli’s Lost at the Festival Musica in Strasbourg. In 2013/14 the British premiere of John Zorn’s La Machine de l’Être (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) under the baton of Ilan Volkov followed, as well as Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Ravel’s Shéhérazade (Icelandic Symphony Orchestra).

Allison Bell performed a portrait concert of Louis Andriessen and premiered John Taverner’s Flood of Beauty at the Barbican Centre London with the Britten Sinfonia. During the ensemble’s European tour she made her debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam singing Brett Dean’s new work And once I played Ophelia, which she presented shortly afterwards on an Australian tour with the Australian String Quartet. In 2015 she released a recording of the piece with the Doric String Quartet which received rave reviews. In November 2016 she will give the world premiere of Dean’s From Melodious Lay, this time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein at the Barbican Centre.

2016/17 season

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Reviews

(...) Bell's perfectly stratospheric Ariel made much of the awkward vocal writing.
The Arts Desk, David Nice, April 24, 2016 (Shakespeare 400th Gala, The Tempest/Adès)

The amazingly agile soprano soloist Allison Bell’s madcap quasi scatting, aspirated syllables, and astounding leaps into the vocal stratosphere work hand in glove with Dean’s looser, more uninhibited string writing. (...) Yet what ultimately closes the deal is Allison Bell’s phenomenal vocal artistry.
ClassicsToday.com, Jed Distler, October 2015 (And once I played Ophelia/Brett Dean)

Allison Bell - a worldclass Lulu.

Kommersant, Julia Bederova, June 2014 (Lulu Suite/Berg)

In the pivotal role of Sierva Maria, soprano Allison Bell invests the stratosphere-defying coloratura with heart-stopping defiance and pathos.
BBC Music Magazine, Paul Riley, March, 2014 (Love and Other Demons/Eötvös)

Pierrot Lunaire... was brilliantly performed by soprano Allison Bell: there was nothing mannered about her delivery, as - supported by exquisitely delicate accompaniment - the imagery was allowed to follow its own crazy momentum.
The Independent, Michael Church, Dec 4, 2012

Allison Bell sings Sierva's high-lying coloratura with great aplomb.
Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen, Aug 13, 2008 (Love and Other Demons/ Eötvös)

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Repertoire

Concert Repertoire

G. Aperghis Cinq Couplets
Simulacre II
Simulacre III
R. Ayres  No. 42 (In the Alps)
G. Barry La Plus Forte
L. v. Beethoven Christus am Ölberge 
R. R. Bennett Spells
A. Berg Altenberg Lieder Op. 4
Lulu Suite
Sieben frühe Lieder
L. Berio  Chamber Music
P. Boulez Pli selon pli
B. Britten Les Illuminations
A. Bruckner Mass D minor
Mass F minor
Te Deum
J. Cage A Flower for voice and struck piano
Nowth upon Nacht for voice and struck piano
Three Songs for voice and piano
U. Chin Akrostichon Wortspiel
B. Dean  From Melodious Lay, A Hamlet Diffraction
String Quartet No. 2, And once I played Ophelia
Wolf-Lieder
C. Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien
H. Eisler Palmström
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Opera Repertoire

J. Adams Nixon in China Chiang Ch'ing (Madame Mao)
T. Adés Powder her face Maid
A. Berg Lulu Lulu
L. Bernstein  Candide Cunegonde
H. Birtwistle Gawain Morgan La Fay
G. Bizet Carmen Michaela/Frasquita
B. Britten Peter Grimes Ellen Orford
The turn of the screw Governess
L. Cherubini Medea Glauce
C. Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Mélisande
A. Dvorák Rusalka The Foreign Princess
J. F. F. E. Halévy La Juive Princess Eudoxia
L. Janácek The Cunning Little Vixen Vixen
Jenufa Jenufa
Katya Kabanova Katya
G. Ligeti Grand Macabre Chief of Gepopo
W. A. Mozart Idomeneo Elettra
more...
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