Isaiah Bell (BMus ’08)

Tenor Isaiah Bell (BMus ’08) studied with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2008. He pursued further training through Edmonton’s Opera NUOVA, Salzburg’s Universität Mozarteum and the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Baroque Oratorio Academy with Nancy Argenta. Subsequently he has been an ensemble member in the Young Artist Program of Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. 

As well as being a composer, librettist and active performer in song literature, Bell has appeared as a soloist in concert with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, the Winnipeg Symphony, among others. He has held lead roles in several recent operas including Ernesto (Don Pasquale – Saskatoon Opera), Ferrando (Così fan tutte – Jeunesses Musicales Canada), Nanki-Poo (The Mikado – Winter Opera St. Louis), and Madwoman (Britten’s Curlew River) at the Tanglewood Festival.


His performances have been described as “breathtaking… he sustained an intensity of emotion which never toppled into hysteria” (Review Vancouver), “sung with depth and inspiration” (Opera Canada) and “[sung] fervently with a varied palette and much eloquence” (The Globe and Mail).