Isaiah Bell, Tenor


Isaiah Bell’s performances are characterized by his “beautiful tenor, command of style, and natural stage presence”. The Canadian-American combines a “willingness to invest himself wholly into the character” and “attractive, youthfully sexy stage presence” with “exquisite lyricism” and a “strong, glorious voice with heroic, oratorio-style ring.” In October of 2018 Isaiah will create the role of Antinous, the doomed lover of the Roman emperor Hadrian, in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company. He appears alongside Thomas Hampson as Hadrian and Karita Mattila as Plotina. Immediately following that, he sings Britten’s War Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and returns to Carnegie Hall for Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York. Isaiah recently revisited Mark Morris’ double-bill production of Curlew River/Dido & Aeneas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, giving “a performance of exquisite poignancy” (The New York Times) as the Madwoman in Curlew River This season sees solo debuts at Carnegie Hall (Haydn’s Creation), and with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne), Opera Atelier (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), and the Seattle Symphony (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9).