British tenor Neal Cooper makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Thibault (Les Vêpres siciliennes), and also covers the title role in Parsifal. Cooper has covered Luigi (Il tabarro) for The Royal Opera and performed with Antonio Pappano in a Royal Opera Insights Evening.
Cooper was born in South London and studied German literature at Durham University and singing at the Paris Conservatoire. After several years working in France he returned to Britain to train as a dramatic tenor, studying at the National Opera Studio. Since then he has sung Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) for English National Opera, Radames (Aida) for Riverside Opera and Ciccillo (I gioielli della Madonna) and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), among other roles, for Opera Holland Park. He has covered Cavaradossi (Tosca), Erik (The Flying Dutchman) and Calaf (Turandot) for ENO.
Wagner has an increasingly important place in Cooper’s repertory. In spring 2013 he sang the title role in extracts from Siegfried in the Wagner 200 Celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall, and performed the title role in the Good Friday scene of Parsifal with John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz. Cooper is the nephew of the boxing heavyweight champion Sir Henry Cooper.