English tenor Neal Cooper made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Thibault (Les Vêpres siciliennes) and has since returned to sing Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and one act as Tannhäuser. He has also covered Luigi (Il tabarro) and the title role in Parsifal for The Royal Opera, and has performed with Antonio Pappano Royal Opera Insights programmes.
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. His engagements since have included Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) for English National Opera, Radames (Aida) for Riverside Opera, Mark (The Wreckers) for Bard SummerScape and Ciccillo (I gioielli della Madonna) and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi) for Opera Holland Park. He has covered Cavaradossi (Tosca), Erik (The Flying Dutchman) and Calaf (Turandot) for ENO.
Concert appearances include the title role in extracts from Siegfried in the Wagner 200 Celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall, and 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.
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