Singer (baritone)

Neil Balfour

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Singer (baritone)
Leeds
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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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, Folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Light music, Avant garde, Easy listening, Vintage, Italian music, German music, French music, Spanish music, Russian music
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Instruments:
Singer (baritone)
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Musical comedy, Singing teaching, Animateur
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Song list

ARIAS
BACH St. Matthew Passion - Gladly would I take upon me, Give me back my Lord, Come, healing cross, come, Make thee clean, my heart from sin
BELLINI La Sonnambula - Vi ravviso
CHILCOTT Wenceslas - Wenceslas
DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande - Je n’en dis rien
DOUGLAS The Ballad of Baby Doe - Warm as the Autumn Light
HANDEL Alexander’s Feast - Revenge Timotheus Cries
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus - Arm, arm ye brave
HANDEL Orlando - Sorge infausta una procella
HANDEL Samson - Honour and Arms
HANDEL Theodora - Go, My Faitful Soldier, Go
HANDEL Theodora - Cease, Ye Slaves your fruitless pray'r
HAYDN Mass in Time of War - Qui tollis peccata mundi
MOZART Cosi fan Tutte - Vorrei Dir
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro - La Vendetta, Se Vuol Ballare, Aprite un Po
MOZART Requiem - Tuba Mirum
OFFENBACH La Vie Parisienne - In This Great City
PUCCINI La Boheme - Vecchia Zimarra, Senti
PURCELL The Tempest - Arise, Ye Subterranean Winds
SULLIVAN Ruddigore - When the Night Howls
SULLIVAN The Sorcerer - My name is John Wellington Wells
STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex - Respondit Deus
WAGNER Tannhäuser - O Du mein Holder Abendstern
WEILL Street Scene - Let Things Be Like They Always Was, I Loved Her Too
MUSICAL THEATRE
BERNSTEIN West Side Story - Maria, Tonight, Cool
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Oklahoma! - Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’, Lonely Room
LOEWE Camelot - How to Handle A Woman
COLE PORTER Kiss me Kate - Brush Up Your Shakespeare, So in Love
KURT WEILL Lost in the Stars - Stay Well
SONDHEIM Sweeney Todd - My Friends
Please contact me for a full list of English Songs, Italian Songs, Lieder, Melodie, American Songs and Duets
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

“I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

“Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free."

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 30 minutes before the performance time. As soon as our piano or PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

“Yes, absolutely! We can bring our own instruments to play if your venue doesn't have a piano or PA system.”

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am a storyteller. I don't just sing the songs, I explain the stories behind them and enjoy an active acting approach when I sing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in venues in England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Spain, Italy and Sicily

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My favourite singer at the moment is Cesare Siepi, a great Italian Bass.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I'm not sure if I look at gigs in terms of high or low profile but some that are of interest include doing voice-over work for Youtube Channel’s with views on my 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.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Available services
Live Piano Accompaniment
+£150

Reviews

From customers:

Www.list.co.uk, 3 years ago

Neil Balfour brought this part to riveting life ... Outstanding. The best Don Alfonso I have ever heard!

Michael I, 2 years ago

Neil Balfour excelled as Lord Ellington, giving a convincing performance with considerable stage presence ... He used his attractive voice, smooth with a slight dark edge, to his best advantage.

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