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Messiah at Carnegie Hall

Isaiah is pleased to be returning to Carnegie Hall, to sing Handel’s Messiah this December with the Oratorio Society of New York.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

War Requiem at the NAC

Isaiah joins conductor Alexander Shelley for Britten’s War Requiem at the National Arts Centre this November.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

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.

 

Profile in Opera Canada

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

 

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.

 

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

 
| August 20, 22, & 23, 2018 |

Cavalli: Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne

Roles: Morfeo, Cirilla

Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
Innsbruck, Austria

 

| October 13 - 27, 2018 |

Rufus Wainwright: Hadrian

Hadrian: Thomas Hampson
Plotina: Karita Mattila
Antinous: Isaiah Bell
Sabina: Ambur Braid
Dinarchus: Ben Heppner
Turbo: David Leigh

Johannes Debus, Conductor
Peter Hinton, Director

Canadian Opera Company
Four Seasons Centre, Toronto

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Haydn: The Creation
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Manhattan Concert Productions
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