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Bell Allison

studied music and history at the University of Sydney and continued her studies in Europe, participating in masterclasses with Joan Sutherland, Magda Olivero, Ghena Dimitrova, Ileana Cotrubaş, Gundule Janowitz, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Her awards include the La Scala Prize and a scholarship to study with Virginia Zeani at the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona. Her opera roles include La Folie in Rameau’s Platée, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Aspasia in Mozart’s Mitridate, Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Glauce in Cherubini’s Medea, Adele in Strauss’ Der Fledermaus, Olympia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Delibes’ Lakmé, Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried, Bubikopf in Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy. Allison Bell was acclaimed for her performance as Sierva Maria in the world premiere of Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne followed by the National Opera of Lithuania and Opéra National du Rhin. She was soloist for Eötvös Retrospectives throughout Europe and the CD Ensemble Linea Play Eötvös, winning a Fonogram Award and Orphée d’Or from the Académie Internationale du Disque Lyrique. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski she has performed Schnittke’s Three Scenes, Madrigals and Der Gelbe Klang, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil and Polly Peachum in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. Recent and future engagements include Carmina Burana (with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia), Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol (Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges at Moscow’s Bolshoi), Berio’s Chamber Music (London Sinfonietta), Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied (Berlin and Munich), Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried (Longborough), Panisello’s Libro del frío (Britten Sinfonia, Madrid), Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre and Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et chantefables (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra), Pierrot Lunaire (BBC Concert Orchestra), Zorn’s La Machine de l’Être (BBCSSO/Volkov), Claude Vivier’s Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire (Philharmonia), Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (London Philharmonic) and Ravel’s Shéhérazade (Iceland Symphony Orchestra).