Russian-American soprano Veronica Bell has gained international acclaim for her distinct style of performing well-known music in a uniquely charismatic and personal way. Everything she does, including her latest classical crossover album Midnight Affairs released in April of 2019 (preview can be found HERE), is a reflection of her unconventional take on classical music. She has a big voice and a big personality, and she is not afraid to use either.
“Midnight Affairs is a great CD” - K-MOZART CLASSICAL, Los Angeles, CA
"Wonderful!!!" - WMNR American Jukebox, Monroe, CT
"Nice selection of music and beautiful voice" - West Virginia Public Broadcast Radio, Nationwide, WV
"A very nice recording" - The Grand 101.1/Women in Music, Ontario, Canada
The album is currently available on all main streaming services including iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora, and is currently being aired on over 50 radio stations in the US and Canada. For a complete list of plays please visit CROSSOVER MEDIA
Veronica's collaboration with Norwegian composer and guitarist Gisle Krogseth resulted, along with their frequent joined concerts in Los Angeles and a tour in Italy in 2016, in a recording of Mr. Krogseth's song cycle The Mountain Songs for soprano and symphony orchestra. It premiered with great success on Norwegian National Radio in May of 2018, available on iTunes and Spotify, full version preview can be found HERE
She was still a student when she was accepted as a leading soprano to Moscow State Opera. As happy and honored as Veronica was by this early recognition of her talent, she soon felt limited by the operatic repertoire. “Opera is just not enough”, she says, “There is so much great music in the world!” After receiving her Master's in Voice, she moved to the US and focused exclusively on concert performance. It allowed her the freedom to include different styles of music into her repertoire, ranging from Opera to Operetta to Broadway to Cabaret.
Veronica started her career in the United States being discovered by a Hollywood director James Gray who asked her to record two songs Love is Sacred and Reveille by G. Sviridov for his motion picture Little Odessa starring Tim Roth, Vanessa Redgrave, and Maximilian Schell (New Line Cinema, soundtrack available on Amazon) Love is Sacred was later chosen to be the main theme of the movie.
Since settling in in California, Veronica has toured throughout the United States as well as Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Guatemala, and Thailand where she was personally invited by HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand to perform a Recital Series at the Royal Palace in Bangkok on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 60th birthday. Veronica returned to Moscow multiple times to packed concert halls for Oratorio concert and solo recitals.
She has collaborated as a soloist with many symphonic, theatrical, dance, and choral groups such as Moscow State Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Mimoda Jazzo, musical theater Wandering Stars, and currently, has an on-going engagement with a Los Angeles based group Windsong Players Chamber Ensemble performing a wide variety of music, from Baroque to modern.
In 2013, following her natural tendency to push the envelope, Ms. Bell recorded a cross-gender operatic album
Les Frissons D'Amour (unreleased, see a preview HERE) that included arias originally written for both male and female voice. The album quickly became rather controversial. However, in November of the same year, Veronica submitted it to Hollywood Music in Media Awards and won in the Best Female Vocalist category. In 2016 she received a Silver Medal from Global Music Awards for the same album. Despite the controversy, Veronica is planning on officially releasing this recording in 2021.
In 2020 Ms. Bell won an International Music Award in Belgrade, Serbia, and Clouzine International Musica Award
as Best Female Classical Vocalist.
Ms. Bell loves collaborating with contemporary composers and often premiers their vocal music. She has performed and recorded music by Maximilian Simoncic (Slovakia), Ron Caviani (Italy), JJ Hollingsworth (USA), Arkady Serper (Russia), Ruben Aghiyan (USA), Michael Margulis (Russia-USA) Carol Worthey (USA), Gisle Krogseth (Norway)
In 2018 Veronica traveled to Guatemala where she gave two concerts and visited Esperanza Juvenil School for gifted underprivileged children. She is currently working with the foundation Boys Hope Girls Hope on a fundraising project for the school that will include a Gala Concert with the participation of professional musicians including herself, along with the school choir and orchestra.
Veronica is working on two new albums, and her next European tour has been rescheduled for the fall of 2021 due to the pandemic. Ms. Bell is currently producing the online music series HAPPY HOUR WITH BELL AND FRIENDS live streaming every last Sunday of the month at 5 PM PST.
Ms. Bell is represented by Barbara Collin | Collin Artists