Curlew River at BAM

Isaiah is excited to revisit the role of the Madwoman in Mark Morris’ production of Curlew River by Benjamin Britten. This March, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the widely acclaimed production will again be paired with Morris’ seminal Dido and Aeneas. Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe sings the Dido and the Sorceress.

See the Schedule page for details.


Messiah with Toronto Symphony

Isaiah returns to sing with the TSO, after singing joining them for the Canadian premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the New Creations Festival in 2015. Five performances of Messiah with an international cast of soloists, under conductor Nicholas McGegan.

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

| March 15-19, 2017 |

Britten: Curlew River
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

The Madwoman: Isaiah Bell
Dido/Sorceress: Stephanie Blythe
Ferryman/Aeneas: Douglas Williams
Second Woman: Yulia van Doren
Belinda: Sherezade Panthaki

Mark Morris, director and choreographer

Mark Morris Dance Group
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Howard Gilman Opera House



| December 18 - 23, 2016 |

Handel: Messiah

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

| December 9 - 11, 2016 |

Handel: Messiah

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Calgary, AB