Jim Goodell, Founder and Producer/Director of Bella Voce Cabaret, is truly a versatile performer – Bass-Baritone Vocalist, Voice-Actor, Dramatic Actor and Broadcaster. Vocal/performance training began at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA, continuing with private NY and FL-based studies. Performance highlights include: Bass/Baritone Soloist with the St. Augustine Orchestra & Chorus - Handel's "Messiah" & "Judas Maccabeus", Braham's "German Requiem", Faure's "Requiem" and Orff's "Carmina Burana", Prince Yamadori in the First Coast Opera’s Production of “Madama Butterfly”, Smuggler/Soldier in Bizet’s “Carmen” with the Jacksonville Symphony featuring Metropolitan Opera Star, Victoria Livengood, Mario/Roberto in Debra Lucas’ premier of her original comedic melodrama, “He was a Stranger”, Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera – a Concert Performance”, King Balthazar in Menotti’s “Amhal and the Night Visitors” with both Grace Episcopal and the First Coast Opera, Inn Keeper (Man of La Mancha), Harold Hill (The Music Man) and Cinderella Prince (Into the Woods) in the First Coast Opera’s Lighter Side Series at the Limelight Theatre, Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s “The Medium” with the Cassadaiga Opera Company, Dick Deadeye in the First Coast Opera’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” and featured soloist in the "Music for Hope" Concert Series to benefit the CHILD Cancer Fund. Recitals included: “On Wings of Song”, “The Two Baritones”, “A Night at the Opera”, “Music of the Baroque” and “Wednesday Happenings”.

As a radio personality, Jim can be heard on WFCF 88.5 FM St. Augustine hosting a weekly, two-hour, radio show celebrating the classically trained voice. His commercial work has aired on 93.0 The Fox AM, 96.9 FM, Comcast Cable Television in Jacksonville and on the World Wide Web with Casablanca Film Productions. Jim is also the Telephone Voice for several Jacksonville-based businesses.

Most recently, Jim and Bella Voce Cast Members: Regina Torres and Randall Adkison supported the Jacksonville Symphony & Alhambra Theatre in a run of "Pirates of Penzance".  Jim also played the role of Rudy in Theatre Jacksonville's Concert Version of "Hello Dolly" with Broadway Veterans: Pam Meyers and Harvey Evans. He supplied the voice talent to an animated e-Learning series sponsored by the Jacksonville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Mayor’s Office. Jim also received wide acclaim for his performance in a special presentation of Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” at Friday Musicale in Jacksonville in which he voiced all the characters in the "tale" including the Narrator, Soldier and the Devil. He also directed and co-stared in the Friday Musicale's Productions of Bach's "Coffee Cantata" as the Dad to an incorrigible daughter.

 

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