Brandon Bell is a bass-baritone hailing from Suffolk, Virginia. Mr. Bell joins Utah Opera as a member of their Resident Artist Program for the 2019/2020 season. This season, he appears with Utah Opera as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the British Major in Silent Night, and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata. Mr. Bell also joins the Utah Symphony as the bass soloist for their performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Mr. Bell has most recently appeared as Terry in West Edge Opera’s acclaimed production of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves. Additional engagements in the 2018-19 season included Mr. Bell’s role and house debut as Colline in West Bay Opera’s production of La bohème; the Corporal in La fille du régiment, as a Festival Artist with Opera Saratoga; as well as performances as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Mr. Bigbad in John Davies’ Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, as a member of Des Moines Metro Opera’s OPERA Iowa program.
During the 2017-18 season, Mr. Bell appeared as a Studio Artist at Chautauqua Opera, covering the roles of Masetto and Il Commendatore in their summer production of Don Giovanni. Additionally, the season also saw Mr. Bell as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the California Symphony, as well as in multiple dynamic roles at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, including Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Luciano/Chucho in a double bill of Musto's Bastianello and Bolcom's Lucrezia, and Garibaldo in a concert production of Rodelinda with the Conservatory's Baroque Opera Ensemble.
The 2015-16 season saw Mr. Bell in roles such as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Toots Sweet in the world premiere production of J. Mark Scearce’s Falling Angel, both productions with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. The season also saw Mr. Bell taking on the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni and Mr. Kofner in The Consul, both with the University of Tennessee Opera Theater.
Mr. Bell is a proud alumnus of the prestigious Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist program; where, in the summer of 2015, he was seen as the English Ambassador in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and the L’imperial Commissario in Madama Butterfly. In 2017, Mr. Bell returned to Wolf Trap Opera to appear in the world premiere performances of Listen, Wilhelmina!, a mini-opera for children.
Other recent performance highlights include Masetto (Don Giovanni) and Pistola (Falstaff) with the Janiec Opera Company; Melisso (Alcina), Le Fauteuil and Un Arbre (L’enfant et les sortileges), and Dr. Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) with CCM Opera d’arte. Mr. Bell, with an affection and fascination for new works, was a Featured Dater in the world premiere performances of Speed Dating Tonight! by Michael Ching, and also appeared as Hymie Felderman in the workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star with Opera Fusion: New Works, a collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera.
Mr. Bell was awarded 4th Place in the 2018 East Bay Opera League Young Artist Scholarship Awards Competition, and was also chosen from national auditions as a finalist in the 2018 Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition. In 2017, he received both the Third Place (Student Division) - Orpheus Da Capo Award at the Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists and the Leola Boyce Award, awarded by the Knoxville Choral Society. The Cleveland Foundation chose Mr. Bell as the 2015 and 2016 recipient of its A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship, awarded in recognition of his commitment to the perpetuation of the singing of the Negro spiritual.
Mr. Bell received his Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2018. He also holds his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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