Ashley Bell has been performing from an early age, starting at age 9 as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and making her Off-Broadway debut at 16 in the world premiere of the musical The Golden Touch. Ms. Bell has since performed as a soloist in the United States, Italy, Spain, France and Russia. Performances this past season have included Norina in Don Pasquale in Logroño, Spain, Violetta in La Traviata at the Bay Street Theatre, Fiordiligi and Donna Anna at the Narni Festival in Italy with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, Isabella Colbran in the premiere of Discovering Mrs. Rossini at the new Sheen Center in NYC, and Musetta at the National Opera Center. Other recent performances include Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast, Mimi in La Bohème and Katrina in Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Di Capo Opera, 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, Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore in New York and Tuxedo Park, Violetta in La Traviata with the Hawthorne Symphony, Serpina in La Serva Padrona Off-Broadway and on tour in Arizona, and Molpe in Choreo Theatro’s world premiere of the Odyssey at the 92nd Street Y.
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 Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Waterbury Symphony, Faure’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G at St. Luke’s in Darien, CT, selections from Handel’s Messiah in Naugatuck Valley, 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. She has also performed as a soloist in several zarzuela concerts in Spain with Rioja Lirica under the direction of Pablo Zinger.
Ms. Bell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University with distinction in Italian and International Studies and speaks five operatic 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. Ms. Bell was a participant in Renata Scotto’s Opera Studio at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome. Upcoming performances are to include Norina in Don Pasquale at the Bay Street Theatre, her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto with New Jersey Verismo Opera and several recitals in the US and Italy.