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The Book of My Shames in review

More responses to THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES in Toronto: “funny, poignant, thoughtful, raw and honest” (Confluence Concerts); “touching, very funny, disturbing, and sometimes quite revolting” (Opera Ramblings). “Takes you around crazy turns and corners…” (Schmopera) “The flexibility on display, the ease with which Bell could connect, have us laughing our heads off? Very impressive.” (Barczablog) “Bell’s tale is one of small answers that speak bravely of truths that are bigger than all of us.” “He made the themes… of his life echo in our own recollections.” (Toronto Star) “Go see it.

Read more about THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES.

 

Review: The Book of My Shames

In response to the debut of Isaiah’s solo-show, The Book of My Shames,  the Toronto Star states “the confessional one-person show has to be an actor’s greatest challenge. Done wrong, the performance wallows in self-indulgence. Done right, one person’s perspective can illuminate other lives. Young Canadian tenor Isaiah Bell…achieves the latter in The Book of My Shames.”

Read the full review here.

 

Rossini in Vancouver

Isaiah makes his debut at Vancouver Opera with a return to the role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, opposite the Rosina of Julie Boulianne.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Handel’s Resurrection with Opera Atelier

Isaiah returns to Opera Atelier in Spring 2020 as St. John in Handel’s early masterpiece The Resurrection.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Messiah with the Toronto Symphony

Isaiah returns to the Toronto Symphony for Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s Messiah in December 2019, with conductor Alexander Shelley and soloists Jane Archibald, Emily D’Angelo, and Russell Braun.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian

In the fall of 2018, Isaiah originated the role of Antinous, Hadrian’s doomed lover, alongside Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Ambur Braid and Ben Heppner in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company. The New York Times commended his “sweet-voiced” and “daring” performance, and, in Opera News: “the impressive Canadian tenor Isaiah Bell sang with a high, well-rounded, English-style tenor that suited a haughty young male on the brink of manhood.”

 

Profile in Opera Canada

Opera Canada magazine published a profile of Isaiah, by Joseph So, in a recent issue. Read it here.

 

Curlew River at BAM

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.

 

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.

 

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, 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 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

 

| Nov 24, 2019 |

Bach: BWV 147
Lotti: Missa Sapientiae

Victoria Baroque
Victoria, BC

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| December 7 & 8, 2019 |

Handel: Messiah, Part I
Bach: Magnificat

Greg Funfgeld, conductor

Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

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| December 14, 2019 |

Handel: Messiah

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Providence, RI

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| December 17-22, 2019 |

Handel (arr. Mozart): Messiah

Alexander Shelley, conductor

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Roy Thomson Hall

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| Nov 2 & 3, 2019 |

Schubert: Schwanengesang
with English and French folk songs

Isaiah Bell, tenor
Anna Cal, piano

Wentworth Villa
Victoria, BC

 

| Oct 19-20, 2019 |

Handel's Acis & Galatea
presented by the University of Toronto

Isaiah Bell
stage director

Larry Beckwith
conductor

Read Opera Canada's article about this production
Toronto, ON

 

| October 11, 2019 |

Neil Crory Tribute Concert

featuring
Phillip Addis
Isabel Bayrakdarian
Isaiah Bell
Benjamin Butterfield
Tracy Dahl
Nathalie Paulin
Brett Polegato
Jean Stilwell
Krisztina Szabó
Daniel Taylor
Erin Wall
Monica Whicher

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

 

| June 22, 2019 |

THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES
Written & performed by Isaiah Bell

Sean Guist, director
Alex Chen, piano

Canadian Music Centre
Vancouver

 

| June 6-8, 2019 |

THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES
Written & performed by Isaiah Bell

Sean Guist, director
Darren Creech, piano

Presented by Tapestry Opera
Toronto

 

| May 10-11 & 17-18, 2019 |

112th Bethlehem Bach Festival

Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

 

| April 19, 2019 |

Bach: Matthew Passion

Kitchener Waterloo Grand Philharmonic Choir