Isaiah Bell performs across North America as a classical tenor, composes music and libretti for opera and theatre, and writes prose and poetry. Some recent singing appearances include the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Vancouver Opera, Mark Morris’s production of Curlew River at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (“a performance of haunting beauty” and “exquisite poignancy” — The New York Times), and Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Des Moines Metro Opera. His concert engagements have included regular appearances with the Toronto Symphony, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, and the Oratorio Society of New York. Isaiah’s semi-autobiographical solo show The Book of My Shames, an “impossibly beautiful” and “comic, wrenchingly personal tour-de-force” integrating his writing and composition practices, has been presented by Pacific Opera Victoria, Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, City Opera Vancouver, Opera Kelowna, and the Regina Symphony.
Recent and upcoming projects for Isaiah include the world premiere of La beauté du monde at Opéra de Montréal, Elijah at Carnegie Hall, and the performance on film of his own translation and adaptation of Poulenc’s solo opera La voix humaine (City Opera Vancouver). He has spent the fall of 2022 editing a draft of his first novel for publication.
Learn more about Isaiah Bell at his website: http://isaiahbell.com/