Simon NEAL
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Born in England, Simon Neal studied music at Leicester University and had a successful business career before resuming his vocal studies.

From 2006 - 2011 Simon Neal was a principal Baritone at Theater Dortmund where he sang the important parts of his repertoire, including “La Traviata“/Germont, “Contes d’Hoffman“/4 Villains, “Siegfried“/Alberich, “Götterdämmerung“/Gunther, “Carmen“/Escamillo, the title roles in “Rigoletto“ and “Don Giovanni“, “Falstaff“/Ford, “Salome“/Jochanaan, “Rake’s Progress“/Nick Shadow, “Cavalleria Rusticana“/Alfio and “I Pagliacci“/Tonio, “Madama Butterfly“/Sharpless, “Tosca“/Scarpia, “Der Junge Lord“/Secretary, “Oedipus Rex“/Creon and “Lohengrin“/Heerrufer,  “Il Trittico“/Michele, Gianni Schicchi and “Lucia di Lammermoor“/Enrico as well as concerts of Britten´s „War Requiem“.

Guest engagements include the Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House where he sang Pizarro/“Fidelio“, Escamillo and Scarpia. The last two parts led him also to the English National Opera and Conte di Luna/“Il Trovatore“ to the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. Furthermore he performed with many regional companies in the UK, including parts like Gellner/“La Wally“, Gerard/“Andrea Chenier“, Pizarro/“Leonore“, Amonasro/“Aida“, Marcello/“La Boheme“ and Ezio/“Attila“ as well as the title roles in “Nabucco“, “Rigoletto“ and “Don Quichote“. In fall 2010 he made his debut at Royal Opera house Covent Garden. He was also guest in Lyon, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Taiwan Symphony, Oslo Opera, to name a few.

At the beginning of the 2011/12 season Simon Neal gave his successful role debut as Achilles in the new production of Schoeck´s “Penthesilea” at the Oper Frankfurt, where he is a regular guest since then. This was followed by the revivals of “Les Contes d´Hoffmann” and ”Arabella”/ Mandryka. In 2011 he gave there his role debut as Kurwenal/“Tristan und Isolde”. In 2013/14 he returned to Frankfurt again as Kurwenal as well as in the title role in a new production of “Oedipe” and Sebastiano/”Tiefland”.

In September 2012 he made his most successful debut at the Semperoper Dresden in a new production of Henze´s ”We come to the River”/ General.  In 2013 he created the world premiere of Helmut Oehring´s “SehnSuchtMeer” at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf and a new production of Schreker´s “Die Gezeichneten”/ Tamare in Cologne. He returned to Düsseldorf with his role debut of Telramund/”Lohengrin”. Jago/”Otello” (Calixto Bieito) became a successful debut at Basel opera in 2014 and led to further work with this stage director at Vlaamse Opera (“Mahagonny”).

A strong collaboration with Düsseldorf in the next seasons will follow. It started with a new production of “Arabella”/Mandryka in 2015. The emotional highlight was be his first Wotan/”Rheingold” (Kober/Hilsdorf) in June 2017.

Lyon’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” (La Fura del Baus October 2014) was shown again in Lille in 2017. Future plans also include his return to Düsseldorf for Wotan/”Walküre” and Wanderer/”Siegfried”, as well as the Villains/”Contes d’Hoffmann” and Jago/”Otello”, to Hamburg, Berlin Deutsche Oper,  to Vlaamse Opera and Dresden and his debut at Oper Leipzig.

On the concert stage Simon Neal has performed with many of the UK’s leading choirs pieces like „Requiem“ of Mozart, Fauré, Dvorák and Verdi; Dvorák’s and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater“, Bach’s Passions, Handel’s “Messiah“, “Saul” and “Samson“, Haydn’s “Creation“, Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis“, Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solenelle“, Elgar’s “The Kingdom“ and Tippett’s “Child of our Time”.


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