Neil Balfour is a bass-baritone who sings professionally for opera companies and as a soloist for concerts.
Half-indian, half-scottish bass-baritone, Neil Balfour, is an opera singer whose repertoire spans a diverse range of music. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Masters distinction under singing teacher Nicholas Powell. Upcoming 2018 performances include covering Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera Holland Park, touring the the same role with Heritage Opera and a return to the Isle of Man to perform the title role of Don Pasquale. Neil is also performing two operatics premieres, the title role of King Lear by Louie Utterson and Dad/La-La in A Shoe Full of Stars by Omar Sharyar with Libretto by Ed Harris. Recent performances have included Mustafà in Rossini’s L'italiana in Algeri for Mananan Opera on the Isle of Man and being on the young artist programme for Buxton Festival opera in Verdi’s Macbeth. Previously, Neil has covered Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera and shadowed the role of Lt. Ratcliffe in Opera North’s production of Billy Budd. Operatic roles have included Colline in La Boheme, Figaro, Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, Baculus in Der Wildschütz, Barone di Kelbar in Un Giorno di Regno, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and world premiere of Nikolaus’s father in Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone. Other jobs of interest include doing voice-over work for Video Channel’s with views on his videos reaching well over 100 million, premiering the first electronic opera, conducting 300+ mass choirs and performing a private show for Her Majesty The Queen. Neil keeps a busy schedule as a recitalist and concert soloist across the UK as well as appearing on live Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6. Neil gratefully acknowledges the support of the Jane Anthony Memorial Fund, full RNCM Scholarship and the South Square Scholar Trust.
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