Photo: Anthony Farrimond

Neil Balfour

Voice Type:

Bass-Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, French, Spanish

Experience

Opera

Mercurio
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Longborugh Festival Opera
2019
Colline
La Boheme (Puccini)
Mananan Opera, Isle of Man
2019
Claggart
Billy Budd (Britten)
The Royal Opera House, Learning & Development
2019
Dottore Grenvil
La Traviata (Verdi)
Devon Opera
2018
Betto di Signa
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Macready Theatre, Rugby
2018
Don Pasquale
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Mananan Opera, Isle of Man
2018
Colline
La Boheme (Puccini)
OFMAN Opera Studio, Spain
2018
Don Alfonso
Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart)
Opera Holland Park
2018
Mustafa
L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
Mananan Opera
2017
Colline
La Boheme (Puccini)
Outreach Opera
2017
Ben
The Telephone (Menotti)
Independent
2017
Erster Priest
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Barone di Kelbar
Un Giorno di Regno (Verdi)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Lt. Ratcliffe (shadow role)
Billy Budd (Britten)
Opera North
2016
Figaro
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Longborough Festival Opera
2016
Don Alfonso
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Colline
La Bohème (Puccini)
Opera on Location
2016
Arkel
Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Quince
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Notary
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Figaro
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Stanley
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Antonio
The Marriage of Figaro (in English) (Mozart)
Young Opera Venture
2014

Operetta/G&S

Lord Ellington
La Vie Parisienne (in English) (Offenbach)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Baculus
Der Wildschütz (Lortzing)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Paris
Ten Belles Without A Ring (Franz von Suppe)
Leeds College of Music
2010

Contemporary Opera

Dad / La-La
A Shoe Full of Stars (Omar Sharyar)
Gestalt Arts / The Opera Awards
2018
Soloist
What Cannot Be Turned Aside (Maeve Rendle)
OneTouch Gallery
2018
Nikolaus' father
Mysterious 44 (Kevin Malone)
Feelgood Theatre Productions
2016

Art Song

Soloist
Leeds Lieder for Little'Un's (Various)
Leeds Lieder
2019
Soloist
Leeds Lieder for Littl'Un's (Various)
Leeds Lieder
2018
Soloist
An afternoon of Balfour and Bolcom (William Bolcom)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Soloist
Hungarian Songs (Franz Liszt)
RNCM Chamber Music Festival
2017
Soloist
Songs before Sleep (Richard Rodney Bennett)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Soloist
Old American Songs (Aaron Copland)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015

Chorus

Chorus
La Traviata (Verdi)
Opera Holland Park
2018
Chorus
Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)
Opera Holland Park
2018
Chorus
Macbeth (Verdi)
Buxton Festival Opera
2017
Chorus
The Tsar has his Photograph Taken (Kurt Weill)
Leeds College of Music
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Singer
Grenfell Tower Memorial Concert (Various)
Opera Holland Park
2018
Soloist
Opera Gala at Hoghton Tower (Various)
Hoghton Tower, Bolton
2018
Soloist
St. Matthew Passion (Bach)
The Guards Chapel, London
2018
Soloist
Mass in Time of War (Haydn)
Ilkley Choral Society
2018
Soloist
Classical & Musical theatre Selections (Various)
Moira Male Voice Choir
2016
Soloist
Operetta Concert (Offenbach & Gilbert & Sullivan)
Manchester G&S Society
2016
Wenceslas
Wenceslas (Bob Chilcott)
SingforPleasure
2015
Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
SingforPleasure
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Awards

Concordia Artist - Concordia Foundation (2019)

Opera North Mentor Scheme - Opera North & RNCM (2016)

Scholarship for Masters Study - Jane Anthony Memorial Award (2016)

Scholarship for Masters Study - South Square Trust Scholar (2016)

Full RNCM Scholarship - Royal Northern College of Music (2015)

One Year Scholarship - SingforPleasure (2013)

Competitions

Lesley Garrett Opera Class Winner - David Clover Festival of Singing (2017)

1st place French Song & Lied Class - David Clover Festival of Singing (2016)

Frederic Cox Singing Competition - Finalist (2015)

1st place British Composer & Vocal Duet - The Warde-Aldam Cup - Pontefract Singing Festival (2010)

Education

PG Dip Advanced Studies
Royal Northern College of Music
2016–2017
MMus - Distinction
Royal Northern College of Music
2014–2016
Voice Training Still Level 1 & 2
Estill
2014
Voice, Piano & Guitar- Grade 8
ABRSM
2007–2014
BA (Hons.) Music
Leeds College of Music
2007–2010