Northern Irish tenor Michael Bell is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Russell Smythe having previously held a choral scholarship at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He has performed with choral societies and orchestras across the country in a diverse repertoire that has included Bach’s Passions as both Evangelist and soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Haydn Creation.
On the opera stage recent roles have included the Madwoman in the Moscow premiere of Britten Curlew River and the creation of the role of the Pilot in a new opera Le Petit Prince by Sir Nicholas Jackson. This summer Michael makes his role debut as Nemorino in l’Elisir d’amore (Duchy Opera) and sings Harry and Postillon in La fanciulla del West under Valery Gergiev at the Verbier Festival. Also a keen recitalist, he has recently performed at the Lewes Festival of Song, the London Song Festival and the Drogheda Classical Music Festival.
Michael is a Musicians’ Company Young Artist and his studies are generously supported by the Irene Hanson Scholarship.