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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). 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. Highlights in the 2015/16 season include a new production of A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of his third opera In Parenthesis, a commission from Welsh National Opera based on the eponymous World War One epic poem by David Jones (with performances at the Royal Opera House) and a cantata commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.