BIOGRAPHY

Photo: Emma Sharp

Photo: Emma Sharp

Brandon Bell is a bass-baritone hailing from Suffolk, Virginia. Mr. Bell has most recently appeared as Colline in West Bay Opera’s production of La bohème. Upcoming engagements in the 2018-19 season include Mr. Bell’s debut as 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 spring tour.

This past 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, this past season also saw Mr. Bell 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 is recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where under the tutelage of César Ulloa, he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance. He additionally 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.

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