Bass-baritone 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. He has been a regular guest at English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Edinburgh Festival, and BBC Proms, and has performed with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in addition to Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Opera di Roma, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In concert he has sung with the world’s leading orchestras under Ivor Bolton, Pierre Boulez, Frans Brüggen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Paul McCreesh, Juanjo Mena, John Storgårds, and David Zinman.
Mr. Davies appears on the DVD of the Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, performed in Aix, Edinburgh, and New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. His wide discography also includes Handel’s Messiah, Theodora, and Saul, and Haydn’s Creation (2008 Gramophone Award) led by Paul McCreesh; Janáček’s Jenůfa and The Makropulos Affair with Charles Mackerras; Barber’s Vanessa with Leonard Slatkin; Messiah with René Jacobs; Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson; and Britten’s Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding (2010 Grammy Award).
Recent engagements include returns to English National Opera as Garibaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for Purcell’s King Arthur, and concert appearances with Gardner at the Edinburgh Festival (Creation) and BBC Proms (Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem), with David Afkham and the Spanish National Orchestra, and with Mark Elder conducting the Hallé Orchestra. Concert highlights for the 2018–19 season include appearances with Les Violons du Roy and The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Bernard Labadie, the New York Philharmonic with Jonathan Cohen, Bach Collegium Japan with Masaaki Suzuki, and Music of the Baroque with Jane Glover.