Neal Davies


Born: Newport, Gwent, Wales
Neal Davies is well established as a bass singer in Great Britain. After his studies at King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music, Dame Gwyneth Jones sponsored his continued studies at the International Opera Studio in Zürich, Switzerland.

In 1991, he entered the most famous music competition in Wales, the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, where he won the Lieder Prize. This was followed by a series of international debuts as a recitalist at such major venues as the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London and the Liederhalle Stuttgart, and the Edinburgh Festival.

His frequent appearances at the Edinburgh Festival include performances in Beethoven's Ninth, Janácek's Sarka, Schubert's Die Freunde von Salamanca, Haydn's Creation, and Robert Schumann's Scenes from Faust under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras and Prokofiev's incidental music to Hamlet under Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Other important concert repertory he has sung includes Mendelssohn's Elijah (with the London Philharmonic led by Peter Altrichter) and Die erste Walpurgisnacht (with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Mark Elder), Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony (with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Handel's Belshazzar (with the King's Consort) and concerto appearances of Stravinsky's The Nightingale (Boulez conducting) and Puccini's La bohème (Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic).

His appearances on the operatic stage include the roles of Papageno in an acclaimed production of The Magic Flute produced by Brigitte Fassbaender, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro as his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the title role of Rameau's Platée in London and Edinburgh, and Handel's Julius Caesar under Ivor Bolton. In 1996 he debuted at the Aldeburgh Festival in a leading role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.

There are 38 Neal Davies recordings available.

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