British baritone Simon Neal made his Royal Opera debut in the 2010/11 Season singing Duke of Verona (Roméo et Juliette). He returns in the 2019/20 Season to sing Don Pizarro (Fidelio).
Neal studied music at Leicester University and began his career as a businessman before becoming a singer. From 2006 to 2011 he sang as a principal baritone with Theater Dortmund. He currently sings regularly with Deutsche Oper am Rhein where his roles have included Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Iago (Otello), the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Friedrich von Telramund (Lohengrin) and Mandryka (Arabella). Other selected appearances include Friedrich von Telramund for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Theater St Gallen, High Priest (Samson et Dalila) for Theater Basel, Trinity Moses (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) and the title role of Cardillac for Opera Vlaanderen, Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) and Enescu’s Oedipe for Frankfurt Opera, Escamillo (Carmen) and Freihold (Guntram) for Semperoper Dresden, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) for Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lyon, Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu) and Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West) for Leipzig Opera and Don Pizarro for Hamburg State Opera.
Neal has also sung for Opera Australia, English National Opera and several regional companies in the UK. He has sung in concert with many of the UK’s leading choirs and orchestras, and in Europe, in repertory ranging for Bach’s Passions to Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Britten’s War Requiem.