Isabella Shaw is an emerging mezzo-soprano focused on early music and opera.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Isabella has performed as a soloist in international European festivals including American Spring (Americké Jaro) and the International Haydn Music Festival (Haydnovy hudební slavnosti) and Musica Figurata. In 2013, she was awarded Early Music America’s Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship, which funded further education in medieval music performance. Opera performances include the Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Spring in The Fairy Queen (Cambridge). Isabella received training at Trinity College of Music and the University of Cambridge, where she held a Choral Award (Clare College). She has gained further training through workshops and coaching with eminent artists such as Benjamin Bagby, Wolodymyr Smishkewych and Norbert Rodenkirchen of Sequentia, and Mauricio Molina, José Pizarro, Joel Fredericksen, Julie Hassler, and Lorenzo Charoy.
Isabella is a founding member and co-director of Prague-based early music chamber ensemble Motus Harmonicus, and has performed with Ensemble Inégal, Musica Florea, and Titans Rising. She currently studies with Vitomir Marof.
In addition to singing, Isabella also writes poetry and fiction. Her first book, “Songs of Remembrance,” will be published in October 2016 by Chesterton & Davies, Ltd.