Isaiah Musik-Ayala is making a name for himself marrying a handsome stage presence and innate musicality with a “mellifluous” (San Jose Mercury News), “room-filling” (SF Station Reviews), and “solid bass-baritone” (New York Times).
Isaiah comes to North Shore directly after singing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro as a Professional Fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and after singing Banquo (cover) and the Doctor in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Macbeth. He recently covered Il Re in Aida and Barbarossa in La battaglia di Legnano to complete Sarasota Opera’s 28 year Verdi Cycle. He also covered Colline in Sarasota’s Fall production of La bohème.
Isaiah sang Zaretsky and covered Prince Gremin in Chautauqua Opera’s latest Eugene Onegin, as well as singing the Doctor and covering Banquo in their Macbeth. Other recent engagements include Basilio in On Site Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Paisiello), Gazella in Loft Opera’s Lucrezia Borgia, and performing with the 2014 Caramoor Music Festival.
Isaiah was a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Irene Dalis Vocal Competitions. His 2012-13 season included Escamillo (Carmen) with Opera San Luis Obispo, Simone (Gianni Schicchi) and Frank (Die Fledermaus) with Opera San Jose, Raimondo (Lucia di Lamermoor) with West Bay Opera, Colline (La bohème) with Hidden Valley Music under the baton of Stewart Robertson, and a recital with the Beverly Hills Recital Series.
An alum of Irene Dalis’ Resident Ensemble at Opera San Jose, his many roles with the company include his first Figaro, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Count Des Grieux in Manon, Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, his first Colline, and Alexei Karenin in the West Coast Premiere of Anna Karenina.
Other performance highlights include Ramfis (Aida), Pistola (Falstaff), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte). Isaiah is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with the late Richard Miller.