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Acis and Galatea at Lincoln Center

Isaiah will sing the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as part of the Mostly Mozart festival. Nicholas McGegan conducts the New York premiere at the David H. Koch Theater.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Evangelist in Bach’s Matthew Passion: Review

A review of Isaiah’s recent performance of the Evangelist in Bach’s Matthew Passion, with Canzona Choir in Winnipeg:

“Rising star Isaiah Bell, the Canadian-American tenor, enthralled as the Evangelist who narrates the story. He maintained clear focus throughout, his effortless voice rising and falling as the dramatic events unfolded. He shaded all his recitatives with the subtle nuances of a fine Shakespearean actor, ultimately declaiming Jesus’s death to harrowing effect.”

- Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

 

Mendelssohn with the Vancouver Symphony

Isaiah will make his debut with the Vancouver Symphony, under Bramwell Tovey, for Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (“Hymn of Praise”) next season.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Mozart Requiem with the Colorado Symphony

In November, Isaiah will sing the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Solo Recital on CBC’s In Concert

This spring, CBC Radio 2 will broadcast Isaiah in a solo recital of English and German songs with pianist Robert Holliston.  The recital, on the “Next!” segment of the “In Concert” series, will subsequently be available on demand on CBC’s website.  Details to follow.

 

Written on Skin with the Toronto Symphony

Isaiah will make his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra next season, revisiting the role of Angel 3 / John in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin.  This Canadian premiere performance, conducted by the composer, will be the culmination of the TSO’s 2015 New Creations Festival.  Isaiah first sang the role in the American premiere of the opera, also under Benjamin, at the Tanglewood Festival in 2013.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Messiah with New Jersey Symphony

Isaiah will join soloists Nathalie Paulin, Mireille Lebel and Gordon Bintner this coming December for Handel’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under Jacques Lacombe.

 

Reviews of Against the Grain’s Staged Messiah

“AtG’s Messiah,” the latest unconventional treatment of a classic work from Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre, responded to the music of Handel’s most famous piece with staging and choreography performed by the soloists and chorus. Reviews of this production found that tenor soloist Isaiah Bell “stole the spotlight whenever he appeared” with a “seemingly effortlessly produced voice and willingness to invest himself wholly into the character.” “This is a singer to watch, not just for his attractive stage presence but for his elegant tenor.”

For more on the critics’ response to the AtG Messiah, visit the Press page.

 

Owen Wingrave with the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals

Isaiah will sing the role of Lechmere in Britten’s rarely performed opera Owen Wingrave, next summer at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Mark Morris’ Curlew River in The New York Times

… and in the Curlew central role of the Madwoman, the tenor Isaiah Bell gives a performance of haunting beauty, ideally depicting emotional distraction with ultimate economy and glowing vocal skill.

… Most eloquently of all, Mr. Bell’s pared-away body language evokes the original Noh idiom. His face, with dark eyes, stays masklike. The distinguished carriage of his head alone tells us that the Madwoman is, as she says, of noble birth; he has only to lower his eyelids or tip his head for it to pierce the heart. And when his body folds in misery, or when he travels round the stage in literal transports of grief, the pathos is extreme.

… His singing is finer yet, with firmly sculptured phrasing — especially striking in the many quiet, high lines, but with memorable touches of chest color in lower notes — and effortless clear diction. You hang on his face, his words, and on the gleaming current of his vocal tone.

- Alastair Macauley, The New York Times

Read the full review here.

For more reviews of Curlew River, visit the Press page.

 

Matthew Passion with Yannick Nézét-Séguin

Isaiah will sing the tenor solos in Bach’s Matthew Passion with l’Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Maestro Yannick Nézét-Séguin in Montréal’s new symphony hall.

For more information see the Schedule page.

 

Winnipeg Symphony’s Messiah reviewed

Pierre Meunier of La Liberté, on Isaiah’s recent performance in Handel’s Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra:

“The young tenor Isaiah Bell has a perfect voice for the oratorio. He can sing high notes without straining the voice, allowing it to maintain impeccable diction. He does not try to impress. He recited the text with beautiful phrasing which accentuated meaning.”

Read the whole review here (in French).

Next on Stage

 
August 7-9, 2014

Handel: Acis and Galatea

Role: Damon

Mark Morris, director
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Mark Morris Dance Group
Lincoln Centre, New York

 
August 15 & 17, 2014

Britten: Owen Wingrave

Role: Lechmere

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Neil Bartlett, director

Edinburgh Festival, UK

Recently

 
June 13-18, 2014

Britten: Owen Wingrave

Role: Lechmere

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Neil Bartlett, director

Aldeburgh Festival, UK

 
April 19th, 2014

Bach: Matthew Passion

Role: Tenor Soloist

Yannick Nézét-Séguin, conductor

Orchestre Métropolitain
Maison symphonique de Montréal