PERFORMANCES

UPCOMING

JAN 11 2020

THE PINK SINGERS | CADOGAN HALL

The Pink Singers (Europe's longest running LGBTQ+ choir) will be performing the choral finale 'Much to be Done' from Iain Bell/Mark Campbell's 2019 opera 'Stonewall'. It will form part of their 'By Special Arrangement' concert taking place on 11th January 2020 at Cadogan Hall, London. Click HERE for more info.

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SEP 9 2019

STONEWALL (excerpts) | NYCO GALA

In celebration of their 75th anniversary, New York City Opera is mounting a free concert in New York's Bryant Park on September 9th. The concert will feature music from 'Stonewall' conducted by the opera's original Maestra Carolyn Kuan. 'Stonewall' alums Jessica Fishenfeld and Lisa Chavez will also be singing. Click HERE for more info.

SEP 3 2019 - WORLD PREMIERE

THE HIDDEN PLACE | ENESCU FESTIVAL

Following the premiere of 'Moll's a-cold' at the 2017 Enescu Music Festival, Iain Bell's orchestral song cycle 'The Hidden Place' will receive its world premiere at the 2019 Festival by Diana Damrau and the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda. Click HERE for more info. 

JUNE 21 2019 / five performances - WORLD PREMIERE

STONEWALL | NYCO

As part of their Third Annual Pride Series, New York City Opera has commissioned Iain Bell to compose the opera 'Stonewall', to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The librettist is Mark Campbell and Leonard Foglia will be directing. The opera premiered on June 19 2019.

MARCH 30 - APRIL 12 2019 / six performances - WORLD PREMIERE

THE WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL | ENO

English National Opera gave the world premiere of Iain Bell's fourth opera, 'The Women of Whitechapel' in March 2019, setting a libretto by Emma Jenkins. Martyn Brabbins conducted and it featured a cast including Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, Marie McLaughlin, Janis Kelly, Natalya Romaniw, Alan Opie and Nicky Spence. 

AUGUST 29 2018 - WORLD PREMIERE

AURORA | BBC PROMS

​Iain Bell's 'Aurora: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano' received its world premiere at the Proms in August 2018. A co-commission between the BBC Proms and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the piece was performed by Adela Zaharia, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Click HERE for more info.

DECEMBER 18 2017 - WORLD PREMIERE

of you | CARNEGIE HALL

Carnegie Hall commissioned Iain Bell to compose a song cycle for American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. The cycle 'of you' is a setting of e.e. cummings poetry and received its world premiere on 18th December 2017 with Barton and Kathleen Kelly (piano). The pair subsequently performed the work on a recital tour of North America.

DECEMBER 8 2017

OPERA: PASSION, POWER & POLITICS

​Iain Bell took part in 'Opera: Passion, Power & Politics' at the Victoria and Albert museum in December 2017. This exhibition, a joint collaboration between the V&A and the Royal Opera House, charts the story of opera from Renaissance Italy to the present day. Iain was part of a panel discussion the future of opera.

SEPTEMBER 9 2017

A HARLOT'S PROGRESS | ENESCU FESTIVAL

​Moll Hackabout's mad scene 'Moll's a'cold' from Iain Bell's opera 'A Harlot's Progress' (2013) was performed in concert at the Enescu Festival on 9th September 2017. Maestro Dmitri Sitkovetsky conducted soprano soloist Adela Zaharia and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.

APRIL 23 2017 - WORLD PREMIERE

AWAY | LEEDS LIEDER FESTIVAL

​Based on various poems of journeying by Rabindranath Tagore, Iain Bell's song cycle 'Away' - commissioned by the Leeds Lieder Festival - received its world premiere at the festival in April 2017. It was performed by soprano Rowan Pierce and pianist Roger Vignoles.

APRIL 9 2017 - WORLD PREMIERE

TOM O'BEDLAM | DE BARTOLO CENTER

The anonymously-penned ‘Tom O’Bedlam’ is one of the best known examples of c.17th mad-song poetry and forms the basis of Bell's second Concert Ayre. Commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, it is a return collaboration US-baritone Nathan Gunn who gave the world premiere performance with a chamber ensemble of 8-players. 

DECEMBER 17 2016

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (excerpts) | CHICAGO FRINGE OPERA

Chicago Fringe Opera presented excerpts of Iain Bell's Opera 'A Christmas Carol' in their annual Holiday Concert. Tenor Scott Brunscheen sung the role of Narrator. 

DECEMBER 2 - 4 2016 / two performances

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | TEATRO SOCIALE DI TRENTO

La Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento presented the Italian premiere of Iain Bell’s operatic adaptation of Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol' in December 2016 at the Teatro Sociale di Trento. The production was an enlarged and re-conceived version of the staging seen at Welsh National Opera in December 2015, directed by Polly Graham. Mark Lebrocq reprised his role as narrator and James Southall conducted. 

October 12 2016

DAY TURNED INTO NIGHT | SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY

Scottish Soprano Janis Kelly will be performing the Chinese premiere of Iain Bell's song cycle of Queen Victoria's letters and diary extracts 'Day Turned into Night' in a recital entitled 'A Woman's Face' at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. 

SEPTEMBER 26 2016

THE UNDYING SPLENDOUR | WIGMORE HALL

American tenor Alek Shrader gave the UK-premiere of Iain Bell's song cycle of J.W. Streets' war poetry 'The Undying Splendour' at Wigmore Hall as part of the Rosenblatt Recital series. Shrader performed the world premiere of the work at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and has since sung it at the Dallas Opera.

JUNE 29 - JULY 1 2016 / two performances

IN PARENTHESIS | ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON

WNO's world premiere production of 'In Parenthesis' received two performances at the Royal Opera House, London with the original cast. The performances coincided with the exact centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

JUNE 29 2016

DAUGHTERS OF BRITANNIA | STYRIARTE FESTIVAL, GRAZ

Performing as the Ensemble Ēgeria, five members of the Opera Graz ensembl performed Iain Bell's song cycle 'Daughters of Britannia' at the Styriarte Festival in Graz as part of a programme of other contemporary works.

JUNE 11 2016 - WORLD PREMIERE

LONDON'S FATAL FIRE | SPITALFIELDS FESTIVAL

The Spitalfields Festival and New London Chamber Choir commissioned Iain Bell to compose a cantata to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Scored for unaccompanied choir and two operatic soloists, it is based on Samuel Wiseman's 1667 epic poem charting the progress of the fire over the course of 7 days. It was conducted by NLCC Music Director, Matthew Hamilton at Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's).

JUNE 10 2016

IN PARENTHESIS | BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

WNO's world premiere production of 'In Parenthesis' performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome with the original cast. 

MAY 13 - JUNE 3 2016 / three performances - WORLD PREMIERE

IN PARENTHESIS | WELSH NATIONAL OPERA, CARDIFF

The world premiere of Iain Bell's third opera, an adaptation of David Jones’ World War One epic poem ‘In Parenthesis’ (libretto by David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins) to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Carlo Rizzi conducted a cast including Andrew Bidlack, Graham Clark, Peter Coleman-Wright and Alexandra Deshorties in a production by David Pountney. 

DECEMBER 18 - 20 2015 / two performances

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

Welsh National Opera staged Polly Graham's new production of Iain Bell's one-man chamber opera adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' based on the novella by Charles Dickens. The opera was conducted by James Southall to a sell-out audience.

JULY 20 2015 - WORLD PREMIERE

A LITANY IN TIME OF PLAGUE | MUNICH OPERA FESTIVAL

Commissioned by the Music Academy of the Bavarian State Opera for chamber orchestra and mezzo-soprano soloist, this Concert Ayre, based on Thomas Nashe's 1600 poem, received its world premiere at the Haus der Kunst during the Munich Opera Festival on 20th July 2015. Ursula Hesse von den Steinen performed with members of the Academy of the Bavarian State Opera under the baton of Maestro Constantinos Carydis. 

DEC 5 - 21 2014 / ten performances - WORLD PREMIERE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | HOUSTON GRAND OPERA

Houston Grand Opera staged the world premiere of Iain Bell's second opera 'A Christmas Carol' based on the novella by Charles Dickens. The tour-de-force performance was headed by US tenor Jay Hunter Morris and had a run of ten performances.

JULY 6 2014

DAY TURNED INTO NIGHT | HUGH LANE GALLERY, DUBLIN

Irish Soprano Claudia Boyle performed the Irish premiere of Iain Bell's Queen Victoria themed song cycle 'Day turned into Night' at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery in what was also the composer's own musical debut in the Republic of Ireland. This was the first of several planned collaborations between the composer and soprano.

JUNE 3 2014 - WORLD PREMIERE

THESE MOTLEY FOOLS | WIGMORE HALL

Counter tenor Lawrence Zazzo and pianist Simon Lepper performed the London premiere of Iain Bell's Shakespeare themed song cycle 'These Motley Fools' in which he journeyed through various musical settings of some of the Bard's most loved characters, including Gobbo (The Merchant of Venice) Feste (Twelfth Night) and both Dromios (The Comedy of Errors).

OCT 13 - 27 2013 / six performances - WORLD PREMIERE

A HARLOT'S PROGRESS | THEATER AN DER WIEN

Theater an der Wien, Vienna staged the world premiere of Iain Bell and Peter Ackroyd's opera 'A Harlot's Progress' based on the etchings by William Hogarth. The all-star cast was headed by German soprano Diana Damrau and American baritone Nathan Gunn. It had a run of six performances.

MAR 8 2013 - WORLD PREMIERE

THE UNDYING SPLENDOUR | CARNEGIE HALL, NYC

American tenor Alek Shrader performed the world premiere of Iain Bell's song cycle 'The Undying Splendour', a setting of J.W. Streets World War One poetry, with pianist Keun-A Lee as part of the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall.

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