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"Bella breaks down opera barriers"

Bella Sorella's heavenly harmonies are drawing people to the kinds of events and venues that rarely host classical music. And it all started by accident...

For more visit: - Contra Costa Times

"Music Review - Bella Sorella"

The San Carlos-based trio, exuding glorious vocal sounds, is comprised of Nova Dague Jimenez and her sister-in-law Susanna Uher Jimenez (both sopranos) and pianist Shinobu Kameyama, a close friend who's become like a third sister. Thus the name Bella Sorella, which is Italian for beautiful sister. Singing in six languages, they utilize both operatic and pop elements, creating divine harmonies. This CD is classical at its core. They also have a new Christmas CD, "Sing of Noel." They'll be presenting a holiday concert at the Little Fox Theatre in Redwood City this Sunday night at 7 p.m. You can find out more about their music at
- Paul Freeman, Entertainment Writer
(12/15/06) - Palo Alto Daily News

"Start the week with a pair of talented `sisters' at Little Fox"

Looking for someplace romantic to start Valentine's Day week? Try Redwood City's Little Fox Theater Sunday, where the duo Bella Sorella, which means ``beautiful sister'' in Italian, sings a mix of classical and contemporary music.
You may have seen Nova and Susanna Jiménez at Santana Row, where the duo has been drawing raves and selling copies of the CD ``Popera.''
For Sunday's show, Bella Sorella will be accompanied by pianist Shinobu Kameyama.
The singers met at the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music in Stockton and were roommates and study partners, focusing on opera and art song duets. In graduate school at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, they were again roommates and best friends, and they ended up marrying brothers.
Nova has played Lily in ``The Secret Garden'' with Bus Barn Stage Company and Hero in ``Much Ado About Nothing'' with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and she was principal dancer in ``Wonderful Town'' with the Marin Theatre Company.
Susanna has performed as Mary Warren in ``The Crucible'' with Opera San José, Adele in ``Die Fledermaus'' and Second Lady in ``The Magic Flute.''
You can buy tickets for the 7 p.m. show for $12 in advance or $14 at the door. To order, call (650) 369-4119.
- Brad Kava, music writer
- San Jose Mercury News

"A sisterhood comes out singing"

Nova and Susanna Jimenez of Bella Sorella have more than a few things in common. Not only are they musical partners but also best friends and sisters-in-law. Hence, the name Bella Sorella, which means "beautiful sister" in Italian.

The San Carlos-based soprano ensemble, which also includes pianist Shinobu Kameyama, has earned rave reviews for the debut release "Popera," a seamless combination of classical yet contemporary melodic duets sung in six different languages.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Bella Sorella performs music from "Popera" and previews a few new pieces from an upcoming album at the Empire Plush Room, 940 Sutter St. San Francisco. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call (866) 468-3399 or visit
-Christina Troup, music writer
- San Mateo County Times


- "Bella Sorella (2008)
- "Sing of Noel" (2006)
- "Popera" (2005)



**Los Angeles Music Awards 2007 Vocal Group of the Year**
Bella Sorella – Nova and Susanna Jiménez (sopranos) and Shinobu Kameyama (piano) – is an award-winning soprano ensemble that combines classical and contemporary styles in melodic and powerful duets. Bella Sorella’s unique music, magnetic stage presence and remarkable personal story has earned them acclaim and recognition throughout California and abroad.

Bella Sorella officially formed in the fall of 2005 but has been years in the making. What they’ve accomplished since releasing their self-produced debut CD, “Popera” is nothing less than remarkable. With music that spans more than 300 years and seven languages, Bella Sorella has dazzled audiences throughout Northern California in live performances at Villa Montalvo, the Empire Plush Room, the Little Fox Theater, AT&T Park, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Santa Clara University, Mission Santa Clara, San José State University and the San José Italian Festa. Their Southern California performances include the San Diego Indie Music Fest, the Lyceum, Palomar College, La Jolla’s Athenaeum and The Gig in Hollywood. Bella Sorella has also performed in Nagoya, Japan, where they were featured musicians at the Villaggio Italia’s Primavera Festival. Bella Sorella’s angelic sound has graced the airwaves radio stations in the Bay Area and Japan. They’ve given live television performances on NBC in San Diego and the Bay Area’s Bruce Latimer Show, the longest-running television variety show in the United States. Industry professionals have already taken notice of this spectacular ensemble. The Los Angeles Music Awards unanimously selected Bella Sorella as the 2007 Vocal Group of the Year.

Bella Sorella has a story that is unique as their music. Fate brought Nova and Susanna together as roommates during their freshman year at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California. As vocal performance majors, they shared all of the same classes and their common love of music made Nova and Susanna best friends. The two discovered their vocal chemistry when they began spontaneously singing songs with two part harmony as a break from long hours of study. Nova and Susanna were excited by their unique sound and searched the library for opera and art-song duet repertoire. They then brought these beautiful duets to life in concert throughout their college years.

Fate brought Nova and Susanna together again, this time at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During their graduate studies, as in college, Nova and Susanna were roommates and best friends. While carrying a full load of classes, taking voice lessons and rehearsing for opera productions, they made ends meet by working the 6:00am shift at a local café in Boston’s Back Bay. They often sang during their shifts, and customers began requesting songs. These occasional, impromptu performances soon turned into regular one-hour salon concerts for audiences that packed the store on Sunday afternoons. Nova and Susanna eventually took their act to larger audiences, debuting at Boston’s famous Hatch Shell Theater as part of WCRB Radio’s Summer Concert Series.

Susanna eventually moved back to California while Nova remained on the East Coast to pursue independent singing careers. But nothing provided the joy that they found in singing together. Nova came back to the West Coast to join Susanna in forming Bella Sorella. The marriage of Nova’s and Susanna’s voices mirrors their personal life. Nova and Susanna married brothers, hence the name, Bella Sorella, or, “Beautiful Sister.”

It was also fate that brought Shinobu Kameyama, an accomplished pianist from Japan, to Bella Sorella. Shinobu worked with Susanna during a production of the opera, Cosi fan tutte and soon began rehearsing with Bella Sorella. After collaborating on “Popera,” Nova, Susanna, and Shinobu grew to be dear friends. It became clear that Shinobu’s relentless
pursuit of technical perfection lives up to her name’s English translation – “great will.” In the winter of 2005, Shinobu
completed Bella Sorella by officially joining the ensemble.

While fate brought Nova, Susanna, and Shinobu together, their friendship and love of music keeps them together. From their time in college, to their 6am work shifts, and to Japan and back, what Nova, Susanna, and Shinobu have built is captured by a phrase from a song they perform from the opera, Norma: “Campagna tua, compagna m’avrai” – “Truly I’ll prove to you a companion.” The beauty and sincerity of Bella Sorella’s music reflect the special companionship, love and friendship Nova, Susanna, and Shinobu share.