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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.

 

Beethoven in Seattle

Isaiah appears for the first time as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, alongside soprano Angela Meade, mezzo Margaret Gawrysiak, and baritone Michael Sumuel. Alastair Willis conducts the Seattle Symphony.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

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

 

| December 9, 2017 |

Handel: Messiah

Leslie Dala, conductor

Vancouver Bach Choir
Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

 

| December 14-17, 2017 |

Handel: Messiah

Jonathan Cohen, conductor

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

 

| December 22, 2017 |

Handel: Messiah

Alexander Shelley, conductor

National Arts Centre Orchestra
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

 

Recently

 

| December 1 & 2, 2017 |

Handel: Messiah

Boris Brott, conductor

McGill Chamber Orchestra
Montreal

 

| November 3 & 4, 2017 |

Haydn: The Creation

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Nashville Symphony
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville TN

 

| October 5 - 28, 2017 |

Strauss: Arabella

Role: Zimmerkellner

Canadian Opera Company
Four Seasons Centre, Toronto