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Messiah with Toronto Symphony

Isaiah returns to sing with the TSO for the first time since 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.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Metz

Isaiah will sing Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at l’Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole in France in March 2016.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

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.

 

Christmas in America!

Isaiah’s musical December brings him back and forth across the United States twice this year, with two sets of concerts on each coast. First is Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, under Nicholas McGegan. Messiah follows immediately in New York, under John Scott at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, after which he’ll sing the first three parts of the Christmas Oratorio with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. The last weekend of the Christmas season will be spent back in the Bay Area, singing Messiah again with Philharmonia Baroque.

 

The Barber of Seville in Ottawa

Isaiah appeared this Fall in the Barber of Seville at Opera Lyra Ottawa, in his role debut as Count Almaviva.

See the Schedule page for details.

 

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.

 

Strauss with Nézét-Séguin

In 2011, Isaiah’s performance in one of those “small but demanding” roles in Strauss’s Salome – under Yannick Nézét-Séguin at l’Opéra de Montréal – got this nod in Opera Magazine: “Special mention goes to Isaiah Bell as the First Jew, whose doctrinal proclamations were chilling in their fervency and clarity.” Back for more this fall, Isaiah sings the Young Servant in Strauss’s Elektra, again with Yannick leading l’Orchestre Métropolitain at Montreal Opera. See the Schedule page for details…

Next on Stage

March 4, 6 & 8, 2016

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Role: Lysander

l’Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole
Metz, France

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December 19-20, 2015

Handel: Messiah

Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Philharmonia Baroque
Berkeley and Bay Area

December 12-13, 2015
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, pts. 1-3

Ellen McAteer, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Isaiah Bell, tenor
David Newman, bass-baritone

Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA