A native to New York, Yiselle Blum received a B.A. in Music with a minor in Environmental Science from Wagner College. She completed her M.M. in Voice Performance and Opera at Mannes College The New School for Music, where she studied with Ruth Falcon, Vlad Iftinca, and Beth Roberts. Educational credits include Maddalena (Il viaggio a Reims), Jo (Little Women), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Romeo (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi). Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Charlotte (Werther), Mother (The Consul), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Professional operatic credits include: Marianne (Clara), Nancy (Albert Herring), Blaise (L’Arbre enchantée), Maman/Tasse Chinoise/Libelulle (L’enfant et les sortileges), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Hänsel (Hänsel and Gretel), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Lady Pamela, (Fra Diavolo), Rachele/Tiziana (Piazza Navona), and Lola (Cavalleria rusticana).
In addition to opera, Yiselle has quite a passion for oratorio and song repertoire. She was featured with the Mannes College Collaborative Pianists in Schubert’s Die Winterreise, The Mannes American Composer’s Ensemble in Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas, and with the Garden State Philharmonic as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. Last spring she made her Fairfield County Chorale debut as well as her Orchestra for Nepal debut as the alto soloist in both company’s performances of Mozart’s Requiem.
These days, Ms. Blum is going back to basics and revamping her vocal technique with the masterful Ron Raines. While taking time to learn this beautiful tradition of classical singing, Yiselle is putting her background in acting and improvisational comedy to good use as she works on a web series with writer/comedian, and Best-Friend-for-Life, Tom Lisi (@TommyLisi). Stay tuned for more!