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Balfour, Neil (baritone)

Neil Balfour (baritone)

Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. A former Britten-Pears and Concordia artist, he is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival in the Astrolabe Tent and the first to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera.

His operatic performances have included Colline (Puccini La bohème), Prince Yamadori (Puccini Madama Butterfly), Mercurio (Cavalli La Calisto), Don Alfonso (Mozart Così fan tutte), Quince (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lord Ellington (Offenbach La vie Parisienne), Dottore Grenvil (Verdi La Traviata), Cold Genius (Purcell King Arthur), Mustafà (Rossini L’italiana in Algeri), Don Pasquale (Donizetti Don Pasquale), and Claggart (Billy Budd Re-imagined for The Royal Opera House Learning & Participation department). He has worked with Welsh National Opera, Mananan Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Glastonbury Festival, Buxton International Festival, Opera North, Devon Opera, the RNCM, and OFMAN Madrid Opera Studio. He made his American debut as Father in Kamala Sankaram’s opera Thumbprint for Portland Opera, and recently appeared as Safin in Welsh National Opera’s production The Shoemaker. Contemporary opera roles that have been created for Neil include Ibn Al-Haytham (Iain Farrington’s Al-Haytham’s Light), Father (Kevin Malone’s Mysterious 44), Dad/La-La (Omar Shahryar’s A Shoe Full of Stars), and Punch (Lente Verelst’s Crocodile, a dark-web animated opera).

On the concert platform, Neil has appeared in recital with Roderick Williams for Thaxted Festival; given a Sondheim recital for Oxford Lieder; and has performed Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with Leeds Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and an eclectic mix of song recitals for Leeds Lieder, AndPiano Music Festival, Britten Pears Arts, and the Leeds Opera Festival.

Neil is the first classical artist for sE Electronics and NORD (world-leading microphones & digital pianos), director of ArtSongStory (compelling videos of art-song), and founder of the Koko Koncerts (classical stars in a coffee shop). He is also in partnership with the British perfume house Penhaligon’s, Kapow Meggings, and Vivobarefoot shoes. His work as a voiceover artist has had over 100 million plays.


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