CALENDAR

2021/2022 SEASON ENGAGEMENTS

Porgy and Bess

DES MOINES METRO OPERA

JIM + JAKE (COVER) 
JULY 1,3,8,14,16,21,24, 2022

Mr. Bell appears as Jim in DMMO's company premiere of the "first American Opera," Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Mr. Bell will also cover the standout role of Jake in this production, directed by Tazewell Thompson in collaboration Simon Estes, serving as production advisor Simon Estes. 

Ensemble
Artist

DES MOINES METRO OPERA

ENSEMBLE ARTIST  /     JUNE - JULY 2022

Mr. Bell is extremely excited to return to Des Moines Metro Opera as one of their 2022 Ensemble Artists. In addition to his mainstage assignments, Mr. Bell will be seen in the Apprentice Spotlight Concert (June 4th) and the Stars of Tomorrow Concert (July 17th). Mr. Bell will also perform scenes from Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Highway 1, USA in scenes programs with dates TBD. 
 

Beethoven 9

CAPE SYMPHONY

BASS SOLOIST / MAY 14,15 2022

Mr. Bell makes his symphonic debut with Cape Symphony as the Bass Soloist  in Beethoven's 9th: Ode to Joy. Under the baton of conductor Jung-Ho Pak and alongside fantastic soloists and the breathtaking ensemble, Chorus pro Musica, the program serves as Cape Symphony's conclusion to its celebration of Beethoven's 250th.  

American Apollo

DES MOINES METRO OPERA

THOMAS MCKELLER / JULY 20,21,23, 2022

With music by Damien Geter and a libretto by Lila Palmer, American Apollo is a new opera telling the story of the relationship between Thomas McKeller, a Black model who served as the inspiration and muse for the famous portraitist John Singer Sargent. The opera explores themes of erasure, the white gaze, and the true nature of the relationship between the two men. Mr. Bell covers the pivotal role of Thomas McKeller in new and powerful 30-minute chamber opera.