Hailed by OPERA NEWS as “delightful”, Ashley Galvani 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. Most recently, she made her debut at CARNEGIE HALL singing the soprano soloists in both Hadyn's Nelson Mass and Schubert's Mass in C, debuted as the title role in Madama Butterfly with Townsend Opera in California, performed Elle in a critically acclaimed production of La Voix Humaine in Spain, sang Donna Anna in a sold-out performance of Don Giovanni at Bay Street Theatre, and she made her debut with New York City Opera covering Fiora and singing Giovanetta in Montemezzi's L'Amore Tre Re. Other recent performances include covering both Madama Butterfly and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Sarasota Opera, her debut as Gilda with New Jersey Verismo Opera, Violetta in La Traviata at both the Bay Street Theatre and with Mid-Atlantic Opera, 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 Norina at the Rioja Forum in Spain where La Rioja called her “unstoppable in her brilliant singing and a true ‘stage animal’ with her hilarious interpretation of Norina/Sofronia”.
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 Mimi in La Bohème with both Mississippi Opera and the Natchez Festival and her principal role debut with New York City Opera as Mary Warren in the Crucible.