Northern Irish tenor Michael Bell is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in Lonond with Russell Smythe having previously held a choral scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge. Michael gave the Moscow premiere performance of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, created the role of the Pilot in Nicholas Jackson’s Le Petit Prince and sang Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for Duchy Opera. In the 2021-22 season, roles have included Grimoaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel for the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School. Additionally, he sang Almaviva in a school’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for Jackdaws Music Trust. Later in the season he looks forward to singing Pastore in Monteverdi’s Orfeo for Garsington Opera, and the Prince in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella for Wexford Festival Opera. Michael has enjoyed relationships with the Lewes Festival of Song, Drogheda Classical Music and the London Song Festival, among others. A recent concert highlight was stepping in as Evangelist and to sing the tenor arias in Bach’s St Matthew Passion for St Endellion Festival. He makes his Irish National Opera debut in Tosca.