News

Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian

In the fall of 2018, Isaiah will originate the role of Antinous, Hadrian’s doomed lover, alongside Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, and Ben Heppner in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Cavalli in Innsbruck

In the summer of 2018, Isaiah makes his debut at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Austria, in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Carnegie Hall Debut

On April 8th, Isaiah appeared for the first time on a Carnegie Hall stage, in the finals concert of the Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition in Weill Recital Hall. He won third place and the Docia Goodwin Franklin Award, singing arias by Handel and Haydn.

 

Curlew River at BAM

In March, Isaiah revisited the role of the Madwoman in Mark Morris’ production of Curlew River, giving what The New York Times described as “a performance of exquisite poignancy.” The piece was paired with Morris’ Dido and Aeneas, starring internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as both Dido and the Sorceress.

 

Monteverdi with Opera Atelier

In April 2018, Isaiah will make his debut with Canada’s Baroque opera company, Opera Atelier, as Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Review: Handel in San Francisco

Bell boasts a strong, glorious voice with heroic, oratorio-style ring. Soaring easily into light sweetness at the start of the duet, he subsequently demonstrated that he can produce multiple colors lower in the range and darken his instrument to proclaim with authority when necessary…Bell’s sound is so classic English, and so fresh, that one can simply hope that he will sing as wonderfully as he did on Friday for decades to come.

- San Francisco Classical Voice, reviewing Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day with Philharmonia Baroque, December 2015.

 

Marlow in Heart of Darkness: Review

The San Francisco Chronicle, reviewing the American premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness at Opera Parallèle in May 2015, described Isaiah’s performance in the lead role of Marlow as “sung with exquisite lyricism and an air of heroism…” Read the whole review here.

 

Mendelssohn with the Vancouver Symphony: Review

Seen and Heard International, reviewing the Vancouver Symphony’s February 20th performance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang“), said:

Isaiah Bell was quite stunning in his vocal subtlety and strength. Bell’s voice is so pure and full, with such a lovely ring and evenness in his tone production. His renderings of both “Saget es, die ihr erlöst seid…” and “Stricke des Todes” were events in themselves, and added noticeably to the electricity of the proceedings.

Read the whole review here.

Next on Stage

 

| February 24, 2018 |

Schubert: Die Winterreise

Isaiah Bell, tenor
Anna Cal, piano

Tudor House
Victoria, BC

Buy Tickets

 

| April 19-28, 2018 |

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse

Role: Eurimaco

Opera Atelier with
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
The Elgin Theatre, Toronto

Recently

 
| December 28-30, 2017 |

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9

Alastair Willis, conductor

Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall, Seattle

 

| December 22, 2017 |

Handel: Messiah

Alexander Shelley, conductor

National Arts Centre Orchestra
Ottawa, ON