Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World, bass-baritone Neal Davies has since appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. He is a regular guest at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, and has taken part in notable recordings of Handel’s Messiah, Saul and Theodora for DG Archiv with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort.
Recent engagements include Handel’s “Belshazzar” under Jacobs in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin and Innsbruck, Agrippina for the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Ko-Ko (“The Mikado”) for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Handel’s “Athalia” with Concerto Koeln, Bottom (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) for Garsington Opera, Ariodates (“Xerxes”) and Kolenaty (“The Makropoulos Case”) for the English National Opera, and Zebul (“Jephtha”), Papageno, Dulcamara, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso (“Cosi fan tutte”), and Sharpless (“Madame Butterfly”) for the Welsh National Opera. With William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Neal has sung in Theodora (Paris and Salzburg) and in the Aix-n-Provence Festival production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Aix, Edinburgh and New York), which is available on DVD, and he sang Valens in a tour of Theodora with The English Concert and Harry Bicket.
Neal recently sang the Traveller in the Barbican Centre production of Curlew River at St Giles, Cripplegate, which will tour to New York and California this season. He will return to the English National Opera as Ariodates and to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Alaska Wolf Joe (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
(taken from his agent’s page Askonas Holt)
In this interview, OperaWorld’s Neil Shestopal finds out more about this talented and versatile singer