Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In the 2019–20 season he returns to Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for Purcell’s King Arthur and appears in concert performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes, with the Bergen Philharmonic, and Curlew River, with the Britten Sinfonia. Other concert highlights include Walton’s Belshazzer’s Feast with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Antwerp Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Lucerne Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre National de Lille, and Beethoven’s C-major Mass with Richard Armstrong and the São Paulo State Symphony.
Recent concert appearances include the Edinburgh Festival with Edward Gardner (Haydn’s Creation) and BBC Proms (Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem), with David Afkham and the Spanish National Orchestra, and with Maxime Pascal conducting the Hallé Orchestra. His 2018–19 season engagements included Les Violons du Roy and the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Jonathan Cohen), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover), and The Philadelphia Orchestra (Bernard Labadie).
Mr. Davies’s expansive discography includes Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Christian Curnyn (BBC Music Magazine Award, 2019) and Messiah, Theodora, Saul, and Creation (Gramophone Award, 2008) with McCreesh; Janáček’s Jenůfa and Makropulos Case with Charles Mackerras; Barber’s Vanessa with Leonard Slatkin; Messiah with René Jacobs; the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson; and Britten’s Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010). Neal Davies appears on the DVD of the Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, performed in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, and New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.