Soprano Ashley Bell wore the role of Cio-Cio San as well as the kimono and tabi she sported. The intensity of her “Un bel di” was shattering and she brought every skill in her armamentarium to bear on her delivery. The remainder of her performance was marked by a bright clear tone, excellent phrasing, and a wide palette of colors. She convinced us as a naive and hopeful 15-year-old, a deluded bride, an angry woman when challenged, and a resolute and noble figure who refuses to live without honor. It was a bit difficult to imagine her motherly feelings without a child present but the colors of her voice did the trick.
-Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
Musetta in La Bohème at the National Opera Center
Ashley Bell was delightful as Musetta. Of all the singers, she was the most fully off-book, allowing her to devote more energy to the acting dimension of her role. She was charmingly coquettish in the “Quando me’n vo” (aka Musetta’s waltz), and empathetically supportive in Act IV’s conclusion.
– Arlo McKinnon, OPERA NEWS
Norina in Don Pasquale with Rioja Lirica in Logroño, Spain
La soprano norteamericana Ashley Bell estuvo desbordante en sus brillantes partes cantadas y se mostró como un autentico “animal escenico” con su descacharrante interpretación del papel de doble cara Norina/Sofronia.
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.
Dolores in La Dolorosa with La Rioja Lirica
“Soprano Ashley Bell has a fine full voice that is strong in the lower register and brilliant in the upper register. She was convincing as the dishonored woman and sang especially well in a glorious duet with Rafael in Act II”
– Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
Concert in Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City
“Ashley Bell had wonderful technique. Her appoggiaturas were well controlled. Unfortunately, we live in an age when Italianate singing is a rare gift. This is a skill Miss Bell certainly possessed….Her voice was a glove-like fit for ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ from The Phantom of the Opera and her performance of Entrada de Cecilia Valdes. Here, every facet of her voice and her magnificently coquettish acting brought a complete performance to fruition…”
– Gregory Moomjy, Music and Visions
Susanna in Nozze di Figaro with Teatro Lirico D’Europa in Wilmington, NC
“Ashley Bell as Susanna and Melliangee Perez were highly expressive in the letter duet.”
– Barry Salwen, CVNC
Serpina in vaudeville adaptation of La Serva Padrona Off-Broadway
“A high E-Flat is impressive in and of itself but even more incredible given the soprano is being flung around like a trapeze artist throughout the show. ”
– Columbia Radio News
WMNR Fine Arts Radio Interview with Jeane Eddy February 2007
“A truly remarkable lady…you will soon discover…incredibly beautiful voice”