Brandon Bell is a young baritone making waves in the operatic landscape within North America. In the summer of 2021, Brandon was granted a fellowship at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute where he studied and performed a variety of art song repertoire. He also joined Des Moines Metro Opera in 2021 as an Apprentice Artist, where he covered the roles of Momus in Platée and Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers and sang the roles of General Arlie and the Bartender in Fellow Travelers.
This season, Brandon joins Fort Worth Opera as one of their Lesley Resident Artists where he will appear as Gomez in the world premiere production of Zorro. Brandon will cover the dynamic role of Germont and sing Baron Douphol in Fort Worth Opera’s production of La traviata. In the summer of 2022, Brandon will return to Des Moines Metro Opera, singing Jim and covering Jake in Porgy & Bess, and covering Thomas McKeller in the midwest premiere of American Apollo.
Brandon recently finished his tenure as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera where he appeared in several virtually streamed concerts, including Songs for Our Time and Light on the Horizon. On stage, he performed with Utah Opera as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, the British Major in Silent Night, Montague Somers in Gentleman’s Island, and Garcia/Zuniga in La tragédie de Carmen.
Brandon is a proud alumnus of the prestigious Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist program where, in the summer of 2015, he was seen as the English Ambassador in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and the L’imperial Commissario in Madama Butterfly. In 2017, Brandon returned to Wolf Trap Opera to appear in the world premiere performances of Listen, Wilhelmina!, a mini-opera for children.
Brandon was awarded an Encouragement Award in the Utah District of the 2021 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. He was also awarded 4th Place in the 2018 East Bay Opera League Young Artist Scholarship Awards Competition and was chosen from national auditions as a finalist in the 2018 Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition. The Cleveland Foundation chose Brandon as the 2015 and 2016 recipient of its A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship, awarded in recognition of his commitment to the perpetuation of the singing of the Negro spiritual.
Brandon is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance. He additionally holds his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
To learn more about Brandon, visit his website.