Russian-born 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
She was still a student when she was accepted as leading soprano to Moscow State Opera. As happy as Veronica was, she soon felt limited by operatic repertoire. “Opera is just not enough”, she says, “There is so much great music in the world!” After receiving her degree in Voice, she moved to the US and focused exclusively on concert performance. Classical Crossover, as her genre of preference, allows her the freedom to include different styles of music into her repertoire, ranging from Opera to Operetta to Broadway to Cabaret.
She started her career in the United States by being discovered by a Hollywood director James Gray who asked her to record the main theme for his motion picture Little Odessa starring Tim Roth, Vanessa Redgrave, and Maximilian Schell (New Line Cinema, soundtrack available on Amazon)
Since settling in in California, Veronica has toured throughout the United States as well as Europe, Russia, South America, and Asia. 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 performances 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, Veronica recorded an operatic album Les Frissons D'Amour 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 Award which she won as Best Female Vocalist. In 2016 she received a Silver Medal from Global Music Awards for the same album.
Ms. Bell loves collaborating with modern composers and often premiers their vocal music. She has performed and recorded music by Maximilian Simoncic (Slovakia), Ron Caviani (Italy), JJ Hollingsworth (San Francisco, USA), Arkady Serper (Russia), Ruben Aghiyan (Los Angeles, USA), Carol Worthey (Los Angeles, USA). Veronica's frequent collaboration with Norwegian composer and guitarist Gisle Krogseth resulted in their frequent joined concerts in Los Angeles, a tour in Italy in 2016 and also in a recording of Mr. Krogseth's song cycle The Mountain Songs that premiered with great success on Norwegian National Radio in May of 2018 (available on iTunes and Spotify, see preview below)
In 2018 Ms. Bell 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's 2019 release of a classical crossover album Midnight Affairs is currently available on all main streaming services and is also being aired on over 50 radio stations in the US and Canada. For a complete list of plays please visit CROSSOVER MEDIA
She is working on two new albums, and her next European tour is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
Ms. Bell is represented by Barbara Collin / Collin Artists