The Franco-Nigerian Soprano
God has indeed blessed Nigeria with so many talented singers with an accolade to stand with the rest of the world. Omo Bello is an international soprano opera singer, is of the talents that rises from the great nation called Nigeria and she is well known on international scene for her singing dexterity.
For those of you who don’t know her, Omo Bello started her musical journey from her university days at University of Lagos (UNILAG) by singing at MUSON during her spare time. Well known for her devotion for music and singing, Omo Bello is Nigeria’s only classical Soprano singer on the international opera scene. She is of Edo and Igbo parentage.
As an undergraduate in Cell Biology and Genetics, Omo was doing research into genetics in her homeland, Nigeria, in 2006 when she was awarded a scholarship to train as an opera singer in France. Five years later Omo Bello graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious National Conservatory for Music and Dance. Since that time, Omo Bello has sculptured out a striking reputation on the operatic stage all over the world.
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The franco-nigerian soprano, Omo Bello also holds a diploma in singing performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London (ABRSM) and has gained massively from the musical and technical leadership of Jorge Chaminé, Teresa Berganza, Thomas Quasthoff and Grace Bumbry. With her commitment to what she loves doing, she won the 1st Prize in the Luciano Pavarotti Giovani 2010 competition (thus lauded by the Italian press critic Gianni Gori as «a talent of Gold! »), and won the 1st prize in the 2011 Anselmo Colzani international singing competition. She became a laureate of the Cziffra Foundation in 2011 and in 2013 she was awarded with Italy’s prestigious international Arcad’Oro prize for young artists.
Omo Bello did make her debut performance in the role of Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Verbier Festival in year 2012, and later went on tour with the Opera de Montpellier to perform the same role in year 2012/13.
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She also did make her debut as Juliette, Roméo et Juliette, by Gounod on tour with Opera de Tours and Jeanne, La Vivandière, by Benjamin Godard at the ground Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier. Omo Bello performs with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre national de France, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and the Orchestre de Paris in concert.
Omo sings regularly as a soloist in so many concerts and recitals in France and abroad (Exsultate, Jubilate by Mozart, Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler at the Salle Pleyel, the Stabat Mater and the Salve Regina by Pergolesi, the Concerto for Soprano and Orchestra by Gliere, the 4th symphony by Mahler, Le Nubi non Scoppiano per il Peso by Mauro Lanza, which had its world premiere at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, followed by the Ultima Festival in Oslo, Petite messe solennelle by Rossini at the great Opera de Montpellier, along with Egmont by Beethoven at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées.
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Never forget home Omo Bello has also been regularly invited to the ‘Operabuja’ festival in Nigeria since 2007. This involves an aspiring project with a mission and vision to build a music conservatory in Nigeria and in doing so promote classical music and the lyrical art. She holds this project so dear to her heart as an artiste. Omo Bello also puts her talent to the service of medical research associations such as Hôpital 2000, the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Association and the Children of Kedougou, giving charity concerts, or singing in old people’s homes. Because of this and more France has granted her honorary citizenship.
The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation, the Cziffra Foundation, the Fondation de France, and Les Fonds de Tarrazi support back bone for Omo bello. She is a laureate of the SociétéGénérale Musical Funds as well as the ADAMI funds. She is a goodwill ambassador of Rotary International.
Watch her as she performed Exsultate Jubilate,Mozart,
Soprano: Omo Bello
Orchestra: Philharmonic de Radio France
Conductor: Mikko Franck
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