Artist's website: www.ashleygalvanibell.com
Hailed by Opera News as “delightful”, soprano Ashley Bell has performed as a soloist in the United States, Italy, Spain, France and Russia. In 2018, she debuted as Madama Butterfly with Townsend Opera, made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in Hadyn’s Nelson Mass and Schubert’s Mass in C, and debuted with New York City Opera singing Giovanetta and covering Fiora in
Montemezzi's L'Amore Tre Re.
Other recent performances have included her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto with New Jersey Verismo opera, covering both the title role in Madama Buttterfly and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Sarasota Opera, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in the Narni Festival in Italy with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, Violetta in La Traviata both with Mid-Atlantic Opera and at the Bay Street Theatre, Isabella Colbran in the premiere of Discovering Mrs. Rossini at the new Sheen Center in NYC, and Norina in Don Pasquale in Logroño, Spain, where La Rioja called her unstoppable in her brilliant singing and a true ‘stage animal’ with her hilarious interpretation of Norina/Sofronia”. Upcoming 2018-2019 performances will include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Bay Street Theatre, Elle in La Voix Humaine at the Rioja Forum in Spain, , and her debut as Mary Warren in the Crucible with New York City Opera.
Other recent performances include the soprano soloist in the Italian Cultural Institute and the Basilica of St. Patrick Old Cathedral’s commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of Lorenzo da Ponte, Dorothée in the U.S. premiere of Offenbach’s La Bonne D’Enfant with Salome Chamber Orchestra, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Teatro Lirico D'Europa and Opera New Hampshire, Molpe in Choreo Theatro’s world premiere of the Odyssey at the 92nd Street Y, Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast, Mimi in La Bohème and Katrina in Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Dicapo Opera, Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore in Tuxedo Park, Violetta in La Traviata with the Hawthorne Symphony, and Serpina in a vaudeville production of La Serva Padrona Off-Broadway and on tour in Arizona. Ms. Bell, fluent in Spanish, has also appeared frequently in zarzuela productions with company Rioja Lirica in Spain and New York City, including the lead in Serrano’s La Dolorosa.
Other roles have included Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Chiari, Italy, Clarina in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio at the Teatro Sociale in Brescia, Feu and Chauve-Souris in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges as a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Guadalena in Offenbach’s La Perichole with Opera du Périgord in Thiviers, France, Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), 1st Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Filia in Carissimi’s Jepthe.
Ms. Bell is equally at home in concert and recital. Oratorio solos include Beethoven's 9th with Gainesville Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Waterbury Symphony, Faure's Requiem and Schubert's Mass in G at St. Luke's in Darien, CT, the Messiah Parts 1 & III at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, Hadyn’s Missa Brevis in F Major with the Yale Glee Club and frequent recitals with organ including a performance at Trinity College Vespers under the direction of renowned organist John Rose.
Ms. Bell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University and speaks five languages fluently. She is a recipient of Yale’s Browne Irish Performing Arts Award and of a Scholarship Award at the Crested Butte Music Festival.
"The American soprano Ashley Bell was unstoppable in her brilliant singing and proved herself a true "stage animal" with her hilarious interpretation of the two-sided character of Norina/Sofronia. "
-Eduardo Aisa, La Rioja
(Norina in Don Pasquale with Rioja Lirica in Logroño, Spain)