Biography Neil Balfour | Bass-Baritone
Half-indian, half-scottish bass-baritone, Neil Balfour, is in his final year of postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music with teacher Nicholas Powell.
His repertoire spans a diverse range of music including the opera, classical, musical theatre and contemporary genres. Neil recently made his debut as Figaro (cover) at Longborough Festival Opera and is currently shadowing the role of Lt. Ratcliffe in Opera North’s production of Billy Budd as part of the Opera North mentor Scheme.
As a principal singer, operatic roles have included Mozart’s Così fan Tutte (Don Alfonso) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro and Antonio), Puccini’s La Boheme (Colline), Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel), Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz (Baculus), Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince) and Billy Budd (Lt. Ratcliffe), Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (Lord Ellington) and world premiere of Kevin Malone’s Mysterious 44 (Nikolaus’ father).
Equally comfortable as a concert and oratorio soloist, Neil has performed for many UK choirs, societies, musicals and opera galas as well as appearing on live Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6. Masterclass highlights include: Andrew Shore, Christopher Purves, Roderick Williams, Sara Fulgoni, Sir John Tomlinson, Craig Smith, Donald Maxwell, Sir Thomas Allen, James Gilchrist, Mary Plazas, Paul Nilon, and Lynne Dawson.
Neil gratefully acknowledges the support of the Jane Anthony Memorial Fund, full RNCM Scholarship and the South Square Scholar Trust.