With a voice that the New York Times has described as “burly and resonant,” and the San Francisco Classical Voice has called “commanding and compelling,” American bass-baritone Isaiah Musik-Ayala has been gaining recognition as a performer to watch.
In addition to a dozen roles at Opera San Jose over the course of six seasons, Isaiah has performed with Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, Savannah Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Chautauqua Opera, West Bay Opera, Loft Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Tel Aviv Summer Opera, On Site Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Recent highlights include the Archbishop in The Maid of Orleans, Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Banquo in Macbeth, Escamillo in Carmen, Elmiro in Otello, Oroveso in Norma, Phanuel in Hérodiade, and the French General in the new American opera, Silent Night, as well as numerous festival and concert appearances.
Isaiah made his debut this season with Tri Cities Opera and Syracuse Opera as Alidoro in a joint production of La Cenerentola. He returns to St. Louis this summer to sing Prince Gremin in Union Avenue Opera's Eugene Onegin.
He is an alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with the late Richard Miller.