American bass-baritone Isaiah Musik-Ayala, called “commanding” and “compelling” by the SF Classical Voice, made his New Amsterdam Opera debut as Phanuel in Hérodiade this year, before singing Colline in New York City Opera’s La bohème In The Park and then Union Avenue Opera’s La bohème in Saint Louis.
Along with Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and Jochanaan in Salome, Colline is one of a handful of signature roles that have helped to establish Isaiah’s “burly and resonant tone” (New York Times) as a voice to watch.
In addition to a dozen roles at Opera San Jose over the course of seven seasons, Isaiah has performed with Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, Savannah Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, New Amsterdam Opera, Chautauqua Opera, West Bay Opera, Loft Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Tel Aviv Summer Opera, and On Site Opera.
Recent highlights include Banquo in Macbeth, Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Escamillo in Carmen, Elmiro in Otello (Rossini), Oroveso in Norma, Phanuel in Hérodiade, and the French General in the new American opera, Silent Night, as well as numerous festival appearances and concert series.
He is an alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with the late Richard Miller.