Isabelle Haile is an award-winning Ethiopian-Romanian soprano who has received her vocal training in Moldova, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Isabelle is one of six singers to have been selected to form the group ‘Academy Bach Scholars’ at the Royal Academy of Music. Thanks to this engagement, she performs regularly under the direction of internationally renowned conductors, such as Philippe Herreweghe and John Butt. She is also a member of the Sarum Consort, Salisbury and a Choral Scholar at St Mary of the Angels Church, Bayswater. The soprano began her music studies at the age of seven, playing the piano and singing in one of the most prestigious youth choir in Moldova, named 'Voices of Spring'. Isabelle sang with the Cantoria of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, was a founding member of the London Youth Choir and is a member of the Philharmonia Chorus.
Isabelle’s operatic roles to date include Morgana in Handel 'Alcina' (Ensemble OrQuesta), Adele in Strauss' Die Fledermaus (Royal Academy Opera Scenes), First Lady/First Boy in Mozart ‘Magic Flute’ (Westminster Opera Company), Zerlina in Mozart ‘Don Giovanni’ (Arezzo Music Summer Festival) and Chocholka in Janacek ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome). She sang in the chorus of Mozart ‘Così fan tutte’ and Rota ‘Lo scoiattolo in gamba’ (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome).
As a soloist, Isabelle has featured in numerous performances including Bach Cantatas 1 and 19 and De Lalande 'De Profundis Clamavi' (Royal Academy of Music), Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ (Wigmore Hall), Haydn ‘Creation’ (Santa Maria della Pieve, Arezzo), Mozart ‘Requiem’ (University College School, London), Monteverdi ‘Magnificat Primo’ and Buxtehude ‘Membra Jesu Nostri’ (Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome) and Ramirez ‘Navidad Nuestra’ (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome).
Isabelle’s skill in performing sacred music was officially recognized in November 2014. The soprano was awarded the ‘Provincia di Roma’ Special Prize for her rendition of Monteverdi’s ‘Jubilet tota civitas’ in the Final of the International Sacred Music Competition 2014 in Rome. In November 2015, Isabelle performed as a soloist in a concert for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at Senate House with the occasion of Foundation Day at the University of London.
Isabelle is interested in new music and she enjoys collaborating with musicians from a variety of disciplines. In 2017, Isabelle was the soprano soloist in Dr. Edward Nesbit’s composition ‘Time Passes’ commissioned for QMUL Orchestra, Choir, and the East London Music Group to perform together in celebration of the 80th and 130th anniversaries of the People's Palaces.
Besides being an accomplished musician, Isabelle also holds a BSc in Economics, Finance and Management, and an MSc in Behavioural Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. Whilst studying towards her Economics degree, Isabelle was a recipient of a scholarship from the Scale Vocal Trust, allowing her to study privately with Amanda Roocroft at the Royal College of Music.
In 2018, Isabelle received an entrance scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she is currently studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Nuccia Focile, Caitlin Hulcup, Florian Thomas and Iain Ledingham.
Isabelle's studies are generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.