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2023/2024 SEASON ENGAGEMENTS
FIORELLO / OCTOBER 14,17,20,22, 2023
Mr. Bell sings the role of Fiorello in this iconic Rossini Opera, opening Pittsburgh Opera's 2023-24 season. This production, directed by Gregory Keller and conducted by Antony Walker, features some of the most recognizable tunes in all of opera and follows the mischievous barber Figaro as he helps Count Almaviva win the heart of the beautiful Rosina.
RESIDENT ARTIST / SEP 23 - MAY 24
Mr. Bell is extremely excited to return to Pittsburgh Opera as one of their 2023-24 Resident Artists. In addition to his mainstage assignments, Mr. Bell will be seen with Pittsburgh Opera in their popular Brown Bag concerts, special events, and community programs. For more information on specific performance opportunities for the Resident Artists, outside of appearances in the season's full productions, visit the company website for updated performance schedules.
ORESTE / JANUARY 20,23,26,28, 2024
Mr. Bell appears in the first of two productions featuring the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists, Gluck's classic drama Iphigénie en Tauride. Directed by Resident Artist Haley Stamats, the opera tells a story of the selfless and brave Iphigénie, who is torn between her duty to sacrifice strangers to the gods and her desire to save her brother Oreste, portrayed by Mr. Bell.
"PA" ZEGNER / FEBRUARY 17,20,23,25, 2024
Hailed by the Washington Post as a "Harrowing...powerful... true opera of our time," Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's Proving Up, set in 1870s Nebraska, depicts a family's struggle to obtain land promised to them through the Homestead Act, exploring themes of American exceptionalism, sacrifice and the challenge of living up to one's own ideals. Mr. Bell is excited to sing the role of the patriarch, Mr. Johannes “Pa” Zegner, in this production taking place at the Bitz Opera Factory.
BARON DOUPHOL / MARCH 16,19,22,24, 2024
Mr. Bell returns to the role of Baron Douphol in Verdi's La traviata, in his final mainstage performance of the season at Pittsburgh Opera. Featuring an all-star cast, led by conductor Antony Walker and director Kristine McIntyre, this tragic opera follows Parisian courtesan named Violetta and her doomed love affair with a nobleman named Alfredo Germont, as their relationship is threatened by societal conventions, illness, and the interference of Alfredo's father.
SANTA CLARA CHORALE
BARITONE SOLOIST / MAY 11, 2024
Mr. Bell joins the Santa Clara Chorale and musicians from San José Chamber Orchestra, in the West Coast premiere of Allan Laiño's new arrangement of Margaret Bond's Credo. This multi-movement work, incorporates text from W.E.B. DuBois' prose poem of the same name, redifining the traditional approach to a "Credo" in favor of a setting that amplifies the belief that all people are created equal. Mr. Bell sings alongside soprano Marlissa Hudson, the Santa Clara Chorale and Santa Clara University Choir, and is conducted by Scot Hanna-Weir, Artistic Director of the SCC.
To the Woods
CINCINNATI SONG INITIATIVE
RECITALIST / APRIL 21, 2024
Mr. Bell joins Cincinnati Song Initiative in their eigth season, performing Gregory Spears' "Walden," as part of their program titled "To the Woods." The program, also featuring pieces by Lisa Neher and Ericsson Hatfield (performed by Quinn Patrick Ankrum and Elizabeth Avery) celebrates Earth Day through texts and themes surrounding nature, our planet, and our responsibilities to it. Mr. Bell tackles this piece, with text by Henry David Thoreau, alongside conductor and collaborator Kelly Kuo.
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