Scottish tenor Neil Gillespie is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus. His many solo roles for The Royal Opera have included in such operas as Mathis der Maler, Il corsaro, The Pilgrim's Progress, Paul Bunyan, La rondine, Luisa Miller, Kát'a Kabanová, La traviata, Rigoletto, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sophie's Choice, Sweeney Todd, Arabella, La Gioconda, Un ballo in maschera, Le nozze di Figaro, Cyrano de Bergerac and La Juive. For The Royal Ballet he has sung the tenor solo in Mr Worldly Wise.
Gillespie was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Duncan Robertson. He took part in masterclasses with Peter Pears and Heather Harper at the Britten-Pears School and attended the European Centre for Opera and Vocal Studies in Belgium. He also studied with Nicolai Gedda. His repertory includes Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Bacchus (The Olympians) and Sailor (Dido and Aeneas) and he has sung with companies such as Opéra de Lyon, New Israeli Opera and English National Opera.
In addition to his singing career Gillespie is also a freelance photographer, and has photographed for the Royal Opera House.
News and features
20 April 2011