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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

This is the first award I've been given where the purse strings are firmly held in the Trust's hands. The mere fact that there is a distinguished advisory team behind every penny spent makes this an incredible opportunity to 'get it right'. This award is devoted to the furthering of careers alone, the money is meant to bear fruit and that is an exciting criteria for accepting it open-armed as any I can think of. The nature of the selection procedure makes this award incredibly special to me. Up until now I've always had to apply for assistance or chance my hand in a competition. That I was chosen, seemingly out of the blue, by this panel is an amazing honour and demonstrates the sort of faith people don't show in you every day of your life.

Emma Bell"

Emma Bell received support from BBT between 2003 and 2006, when this page was last updated.  For an up to date biography go to

Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio and continues to study with Joy Mammen. Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize (1998), she was a BBC New Generation Artist (1999). In 2002 she joined the Komische Oper, Berlin, where she has sung Pamina, Micaëla, Countess Almaviva, Alcina and Mimì. She has appeared with Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera and at Le Châtelet Opera, Paris in the title role of Rodelinda, Lausanne Opera (European debut), Geneva Opera (The Turn of the Screw), English National Opera (Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito) and at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms and Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center (US debut) under such conductors as Mackerras, Bickett, Christie, Haim, Jacobs, Langree, Pappano, Slatkin and Tate. In September 2005 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Leonore in Maskarade. Recordings include Merab in Saul with Jacobs and recently two solo recordings, a recital of songs by Strauss, Walter and Marx and a recital of Handel arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Linn Records both generously supported by an award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust for whom she gave recitals in London, Amsterdam and Vienna with Uchida . Future plans include Vitellia for the Opera de Montreal with Labardie, Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Pappano, a return to the Proms for Alexander’s Feast and the Johannes Passion with Haïm at the Châtelet. In 2008 she will sing the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Liceu, Barcelona. She is in much demand as a concert and recital singer and is admired for her richly coloured, beautiful voice, sensitive musicianship and dramatic intensity in performance.

Last updated: February 2006

  • Two CDs with Linn Records
  • Purchase of an audio system
  • Participation in 2004 BBT tour
Handel Operatic Arias

Handel Operatic Arias

Handel:M’hai resa infelice (Deidamia)

Handel:Barbaro, partirò (Radamisto)

Handel:Ombre piante (Rodelinda)

"...what most impresses about the soprano Emma Bell (Linn Records CKD 252 ) is the way she can alter her style and tone-production - in fact her whole musical personality - between items..." (The Independent, October 2005)

Emma Bell soprano
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Richard Eggar conductor

CKD252 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Songs by Strauss, Walter and Marx

Songs by Strauss, Walter and Marx

Strauss:Schlechtes Wetter

Marx:Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht

Walter:Tragodie II

"...this foray into some of the lesser-known regions of post-Romanticism will doubtless take many by surprise… As always with Bell, you’re left slightly in awe of the sumptuousness of her voice and its tremendous agility over a colossal range. A treat." (The Guardian, September 2004)

Emma Bell soprano
Andrew West piano

from the CD "Emma Bell – Songs by Strauss, Walter and Marx"

CKD 238 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Emma Bell: Schumann Showcase - BBC Music Magazine

Emma Bell: Schumann Showcase - BBC Music Magazine

Schumann:Widmung Op25/1

Schumann:Der Nussbaum Op 25/3

Schumann:Meine Rose Op 90/2

Schumann:Requiem Op 90/7

This showcase CD of music by Schumann featuring BBT Award Winners Emma Bell, Jonathan Biss, Martin Fröst and Jerusalem Quartet, was published with BBC Music Magazine to coincide with BBT’s 2004 tour with Mitsuko Uchida.

Emma Bell soprano
Jonathan Biss piano

BBC Music Magazine covermount CD (Sept 04)
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