Isaiah Bell

The New York Times described tenor Isaiah Bell in the role of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River (directed by Mark Morris at Tanglewood) as “a performance of haunting beauty, ideally depicting emotional distraction with ultimate economy and glowing vocal skill… 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.” Bell also sang the role of Angel 3/John in the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (led by the composer) as part of the 2013 Tanglewood Festival Contemporary Music. In 2013-2014 he sings the Matthew Passion with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Lechmere in Britten’s Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals, Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestra London under Alain Trudel, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Noel Edison and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, as well as making appearances with the Victoria Symphony, Against the Grain Theatre, City Opera Vancouver and Toronto’s Amadeus Choir, among others. Recent season highlights have included engagements with the Montreal Symphony, under Kent Nagano; the Winnipeg Symphony, under Ivars Taurins; Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music; Opéra de Montréal, under Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival in Cleveland.