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Ashley Bell, soprano, has performed as a soloist in the United States, Italy and France. She most recently sang the role of Annina and covered Violetta with Long Island Opera.

She also recently sang the Feu, Rossignol, and Chauve-Souris in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and understudied the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro as a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Other roles performed have included Guadalena in Offenbach’s La Perichole with Opera du Périgord in Thiviers, France, Lucy (The Telephone), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Clarina (La Cambiale di Matrimonio), 1st Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Filia in Carissimi’s Jepthe.

Ms. Bell is equally at home in concerts having performed in Excideuil, France, Chiari and Brescia Italy, and frequently at Yale University and in New York.  Oratorio solos include Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Waterbury Symphony, selections from Handel’s Messiah in Naugatuck Valley, Hadyn’s Missa Brevis in F Major with the Yale Glee Club and several years as a soloist of St. Thomas More Church in New Haven.  She was a finalist in the 2008 Opera Columbus Competition and a 2006 recipient of the Yale Browne Irish Performing Arts Award.

Ms. Bell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University with distinction in Italian and International Studies and studied at the University of Bologna in 2005. She speaks five operatic languages and has spent time studying each of these languages in their native countries.  She has participated in the International Vocal Arts Institute in Puerto Rico and Opera Studio with Renata Scotto at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2001, she premiered the lead role in Richard Evan’s new work The Golden Touch at the Riverside Theatre in New York City.