David Charles Abell
David Charles Abell has conducted top British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Hallé and Royal Scottish National. His Royal Philharmonic début was the internationally-televised Tenth Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables, and he has since appeared with the orchestra in repertoire ranging from Copland to Puccini to Kern. Other engagements include the Vienna Symphony, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Carnegie Hall.
His operatic credits include Cape Town Opera (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Opera North and the Royal Albert Hall. For his work on Menotti’s Maria Golovin, he received the Pegasus Prize from Spoleto Festival.
David made his BBC Proms début conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live telecast of Oklahoma! His work with the BBC Symphony includes a studio concert of music by his mentor, Leonard Bernstein. David is a regular guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His performance with Peter Donohoe of the Gershwin Concerto in F was featured in BBC Music Magazine.
David’s TV projects include Rachel Portman’s opera The Little Prince and The Waltz King, a drama/documentary about the Johann Strausses (both released on DVD). His many recordings include an album of highlights from La Bohème and Madama Butterfly with the Royal Philharmonic.
David conducted Sweeney Todd at the Chatelet, Pacific Overtures in Japan, Porgy and Bess for Cincinnati Opera, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary spectacular at the O2 and the 2011 and 2012 Olivier Awards. His future projects include a return to the Chatelet, concerts with the RPO and Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, among others.