Cathy Bell
Cathy Bell

Repertoire

Berkeley A Dinner Engagement The Grand Duchess of Monteblanco
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Britten Death in Venice Russian Nanny
Erick Flores and the Crowd (wept) Three
Handel Giulio Cesare Giulio Cesare*
  Theodora Irene (semi-staged)
  Xerxes Arsamene
Hasse Siroe, re di Persia Emira (semi-staged)
Ed Hughes Devil’s Drum Mezzo
  Die Zauberflöte Dritte Knabe (English and German)
  The Magic Flute Third Lady (English; several translations)
Puccini Suor Angelica La Maestra delle Novizie
    La Zia Principessa (cover)
Purcell Dido and Aeneas Second Witch (Sorceress*)
  King Arthur Alto roles
Wagner Die Walküre Schwertleite

* denotes roles in preparation or performed in extracts

Russian Nanny in Garsington Opera's 2015 production of Death in Venice (photographer Clive Barda)
Russian Nanny in Garsington Opera's 2015 production of Death in Venice (photographer Clive Barda)

Mezzo-soprano Cathy Bell’s portrayal of Arsamenes was an ideal foil to the extravagant, extrovert Xerxes – steady, thoughtful, and considered in action, and with a rich, full sound that blended well with and underpinned the higher parts of Xerxes and Romilda, but which was thrilling to hear as a solo instrument.

Handel Xerxes with Hampstead Garden Opera, April 2015, reviewed in Early Music Today by Adrian Horsewood
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