Isaiah Musik-Ayala, Bass-baritone | Opera San Jose  

2009 – 2012

In 2016-17, ISAIAH MUSIK-AYALA performs the role of Figaro in West Bay Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. During 2015-16, he appeared as the Bonze in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the North Shore Music Festival on Long Island, having just sung the title role in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro as a Professional Fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Other recent engagements  included Banquo (cover) and the Doctor in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Verdi’s  Macbeth. For Sarasota Opera, he covered Il Re in Verdi’s Aida, and Federico Barbarossa in La battaglia di Legnano, to complete their Verdi Cycle. He also covered Colline in that company’s fall production of La bohème.

Appearances during the 2014-15 season for Mr. Musik-Ayala included Gazella in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia with Loft Opera, Basilio in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with On Site Opera, and an Apprenticeship contract with Chautauqua Opera, where he covered Banquo and sang the Doctor in Verdi’s Macbeth, and covered Prince Gremin and sang Zaretzky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Mr. Musik-Ayala most recently performed as an Apprentice Artist with the Caramoor Music Festival, appeared as Escamillo in Opera San Luis Obispoʼs Carmen, and competed as a finalist in the 2014 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.

Mr. Musik-Ayala returned to OSJ as a guest artist during the 2012-13 season, appearing as Frank (Die Fledermaus) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi). During his residency, Mr. Musik-Ayala performed the roles of Baron Douphol (La traviata),  Alexei Karenin (Anna Karenina), Sacristan (Tosca), Basilio (The Barber of Seville) and Colline (La bohème). Other OSJ roles performed include Count Des Grieux (Manon), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and Crebillion (La rondine.) Mr. Ayala made his Opera San José debut singing the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin.

Roles performed recently with other companies include Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Surin (Queen of Spades) for West Bay Opera, Pistola (Falstaff) with Berkeley Opera, Santiago in the world premiere of the chamber musical Viva Concha!, the Doctor (Macbeth) for North Bay Opera and Prince Yamadori (Madame Butterfly) with Bayshore Lyric Opera.

Other roles in his repertoire include Kezal (The Bartered Bride), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Escamillo (Carmen), Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), and Sarastro (The Magic Flute.)

Awards and accolades include third place in the International Concert Alliance’s Mozart Aria Competition held in Manhattan, New York, 2007.

Mr. Musik-Ayala holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and has participated in masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has also studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco.

Please visit Mr. Musik-Ayala’s website for additional information.


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