Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies

Credit: Gerard Collett

Introduction

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 sung with the world’s leading orchestras, under Sir Mark Elder, Paul McCreesh, Ivor Bolton, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, David Zinman, Juanjo Mena, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Frans Brüggen, John Storgårds, Edward Gardner and Daniel Harding. A regular guest of the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera, he has also performed with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Opera di Roma and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He appears in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas from Aix-en-Provence, which is available on DVD.  Concert highlights for the 2018/19 season include appearances with Les violons du Roy and Philadelphia Orchestra (Bernard Labadie), the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Jonathan Cohen), the Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki) and Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover). He will return to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for King Arthur.

 

 


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Discography

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    'Remembrance'

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 21 Oct 16

    DURUFLE 'Requiem' TAVENER 'Song for Athene' ELGAR 'They are at rest'

    Conductor: Graham Ross

    Mezzo-soprano: Jennifer Johnston
    Bass-baritone: Neal Davies

    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Organ: Matthew Jorysz
    Cello: Guy Johnston

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    JS BACH Mass in B minor

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 03 Nov 14

    Conductor: Jonathan Cohen

    Soprano: Lydia Teuscher
    Soprano: Ida Falk Winland
    Countertenor: Tim Mead
    Tenor: Samuel Boden
    Bass-baritone: Neal Davies

    Arcangelo

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    POULENC: The Complete Songs

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 30 Sep 13

    Graham Johnson presents the complete songs of Poulenc, joined by singers including Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Neal Davies and Robin Tritschler.

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    CHARPENTIER 'David et Jonathas'

    Label: BelAir classiques

    Release Date: 23 Apr 13

    Conductor: William Christie
    Director: Andreas Homoki

    David: Pascal Charbonneau
    Jonathas: Ana Quintans
    Saül: Neal Davies
    Achis: Frédéric Caton

    Les Arts Florissants

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    HANDEL 'Agrippina'

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 08 Mar 13

    Conductor: René Jacobs

    Agrippina: Alex Penda
    Nerone: Jennifer Rivera
    Poppea: Sunhae Im
    Ottone: Bejun Mehta
    Claudio: Marcos Fink
    Pallante: Neal Davies
    Narciso: Dominique Visse
    Lesbo: Daniel Schmutzhard

    Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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    HANDEL 'Messiah'

    Label: Archiv Produktion

    Release Date: 08 Mar 13

    Conductor: Paul McCreesh

    Soprano I: Dorothea Röschmann
    Soprano II: Susan Gritton
    Contralto: Bernarda Fink
    Tenor: Charles Daniels
    Bass-Baritone: Neal Davies

    Gabrieli Consort & Players

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    JS BACH 'St John Passion'

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 27 Feb 13

    Conductor: Stephen Layton

    Evangelist: Ian Bostridge
    Pilate: Neal Davies
    Soprano: Carolyn Sampson
    Countertenor: Iestyn Davies
    Tenor Nicholas Mulroy
    Bass: Roderick Williams

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Polyphony

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    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

    Label: Bis

    Release Date: 28 Jan 13

    Conductor: Osmo Vanska

    Soprano: Helena Juntunen
    Mezzo-soprano: Katarina Karneus
    Tenor: Daniel Norman
    Bass-Baritone: Neal Davies

    Minnesota Orchestra
    Minnesota Chorale

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    'My Beloved Spake'

    Label: Chandos Records

    Release Date: 02 Jan 12

    Anthems by Henry Purcell and Pelham Humfrey

    Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha

    Countertenor: Iestyn Davies
    Tenor: James Gilchrist
    Bass-Baritone: Neal Davies

    Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
    St John’s Sinfonia

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    HANDEL 'Belshazzar'

    Label: BelAir Classiques

    Release Date: 30 May 11

    Conductor: René Jacobs
    Director: Christof Nel

    Belshazzar: Kenneth Tarver
    Nitocris: Rosemary Joshua
    Cyrus: Bejun Mehta
    Daniel: Kristina Hammärström
    Gobrias: Neal Davies

    RIAS Kammerchor
    Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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    BRITTEN 'Billy Budd'

    Label: Virgin Classics

    Release Date: 15 Sep 08

    Conductor: Daniel Harding

    Billy Budd: Nathan Gunn
    Captain Vere: Ian Bostridge
    John Claggart: Gidon Saks
    Mr Redburn: Neal Davies
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Matthew Rose

    London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

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    HAYDN 'The Creation'

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 01 Mar 08

    Conductor: Paul McCreesh

    Gabriel: Sandrine Piau
    Uriel: Mark Padmore
    Raphael: Neal Davies
    Eve: Miah Persson
    Adam: Peter Harvey

    Gabrieli Consort & Players

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    HANDEL 'Messiah'

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 02 Oct 06

    Conductor: René Jacobs

    Soprano: Kerstin Avemo
    Mezzo-soprano: Patricia Bardon
    Countertenor: Lawrence Zazzo
    Tenor: Kobie van Rensburg
    Bass-Baritone: Neal Davies

    The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Freiburger Barockorchester

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    04 Aug 18 Haydn: Creation Edinburgh Festival with the SCO
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    He was helped by characterful soloists (Sarah Tynan, Robert Murray, Neal Davies) who projected the slightly rewritten English texts with operatic pungency…
    Richard Morrison, The Times

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    17 Oct 17 Rodelinda English National Opera
    London Coliseum

    Opera in English demands great diction and among the new cast members none did it better than the robust Garibaldo of Neal Davies.
    Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews

    Neal Davies is vocally and physically commanding in the baddie role of Garibaldo.
    Michael Church, The Independent

    Neal Davies takes the role of Grimoaldo’s ally Garibaldo with aplomb.
    Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

    Neal Davies was a terrifically rough-edged Garibaldo.
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today

    Neal Davies brought out the thuggish quality in Garibaldo, seemingly enjoying the excessive violence whilst singing in an assured manner.
    Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

    Neal Davies channels heightened villainy as Garibaldo.
    George Hall, The Guardian

    Neal Davies and Susan Bickley live up to their staunchly reliable reputations as the scheming Garibaldo and Eduige.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

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    28 Feb 17 WIGGLESWORTH 'The Winter's Tale'
    English National Opera

    “Other individual performances are equally strong, with Sophie Bevan a dignified Hermione, Neal Davies doubling convincingly as Antigonus and the Shepherd”
    George Hall, The Stage, 28 Feb 2017

    “…Neal Davies as Antigonus and Timothy Robinson as Camillo all excelled”
    Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 5 March 2017

    “Neal Davies is luxury casting as the luckless Antigonus.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, Broadway World

    “Neal Davies summons the necessary integrity as Antigonus and brings warm-hearted naivety to the awkwardly humorous role of the Shepherd,”
    Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source

    “Timothy Robinson and Neal Davies offered strength in depth as the loyal Camillo and Antigonus”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack 28 February 2017

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    08 Dec 16 DURUFLÉ 'Requiem' CD 'Remembrance'
    Harmonia Mundi

    “Neal Davies is a luxurious casting for the cameo bass solo”
    Alexandra Coghlan, Gramaphone Magazine December 2016

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    05 Dec 16 WALTON 'Belshazzar's Feast' BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    St David's Hall, Cardiff

    “soloist Neal Davies was a fervent Belshazzar.”
    Rebecca Franks, The Times

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    14 Jul 16 HAYDN 'The Creation' Rambert
    Garsington Opera

    “There’s a strong lineup of vocal soloists. … baritone Neal Davies sings with weight and presence.”
    Zoë Anderson, Independent, 18 July 2016

    “The text was eloquently sung and clearly articulated, with purposeful expression, by Neal Davies (bass-baritone, representing both Adam and the archangel, Raphael)”
    Graham Watts, Bachtrack, 17 July 2016

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    16 May 16 HAYDN 'Die Schöpfung' Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Sydney Opera House

    “The three soloists were very special indeed…Neal Davies matched [Allan Clayton] depiction for depiction as a ripe, sonorous Raphael. A master word painter, his focussed, fruity baritone could be laden with mystery, enunciating the void, or full of fun rattling off the multifarious beasts of the field. Rolling in Foaming Billows and Now Heaven In Fullest Glory Shone were both standouts.”
    Limelight Magazine, Clive Paget, 12 May 2016

    “Neal Davies’ recitative about the whales and ‘every creature that moveth’ (Und Gott schuf große Walfische) was made particularly impressive by the multi-coloured sonorities of the divided lower strings. Davies himself provided perhaps the most memorable single moment of the evening by finishing his Part II recitativo (Gleich öffnet sich der Erder Schoß) on the low D, an octave lower than the one in the score – a note unattainably low for most bass singers.”
    Bachtrack, Zoltán Szabó, 13 Mai 2016

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    22 Feb 16 HANDEL 'Ariodante' Scottish Opera
    Theatre Royal, Glasgow

    “Neal Davies commands the stage as the community’s mostly benevolent leader”
    David Kettle, The Arts Desk, 19 February 2016

    “Much of the singing is beautiful… Neal Davies is a sonorous King”
    Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 17 February 2016

    “Neal Davies on fine form”
    Mark Brown, Telegraph, 17 February 2016

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    27 Nov 15 HANDEL 'Messiah'
    BR Klassik, Munich

    “The bass is Neal Davies and he’s very much to my taste. In ‘Why do the nations?’ he offers splendidly dramatic singing – there’s terrific vocal presence here – and in the section that begins ‘The kings of the earth rise up’ his articulation of the notes is enviable. The highlight of his contribution, however, is ‘The trumpet shall sound’. In the outer sections his singing is truly commanding and he sounds absolutely splendid. But what really made me sit up and take notice was the quietly lyrical, almost confiding way in which he delivers the central section, ‘For this corruptible must put on incorruption’; this is understanding and imaginative Handel singing.”
    John Quinn, MusicWeb International

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    26 Oct 15 HANDEL 'Theodora' Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Harry Bicket
    Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

    “Bass Neal Davies led the stunning line-up of soloists, relishing some wonderfully thunderous passages as the uncompromising President Valens.”
    Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman

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    06 May 15 WALTON 'Belshazzar's Feast Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall, London

    “The musical riches were considerable, not least from the wholly outstanding solos of Neal Davies. His contribution was superlative – every word clear and finely delineated, dead in tune (even in the long unbarred unaccompanied recitative “Babylon was great city”), understated and heroic by turns: in this listener’s experience, only Denis Noble in the composer’s own first recording of the work is to be compared – Davies is absolutely right for this role.”
    Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source

Repertoire

Opera Repertoire:

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio/Leonore Don Fernando

BERLIOZ
Beatrice et Benedict Don Pedro
La Damnation de Faust  Brander, Mephistopheles

BRITTEN
Curlew River Traveller
A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Demetrius, Bottom
The Rape of Lucretia   Junius, Collatinus
Billy Budd Mr Redburn

CIMAROSA
Il Matrimonio Segreto Conte Robinson

DONIZETTI
L’elisir d’amore Dulcamara
Don Pasquale Pasquale

HANDEL
Giulio Cesare Achilla
Radamisto Tiridate
Acis and Galatea Polyphemus
Theodora Valens
Alcina Melisso
Ariodante King
Ezio Ezio
Orlando Zoroastro
Xerxes Ariodates, Elviro
Jephtha Zebul
Agrippina Pallante
Belshazzar Gobrias

JANACEK
The Makropolus Case Kolenaty
Sarka Premysl

MOZART
Die Zauberflöte Papageno, Sprecher
Don Giovanni Leporello
Le nozze di Figaro Figaro
La finta giardiniera Nardo
Così fan tutte Guglielmo, Don Alfonso
La clemenza di Tito Publio

NICOLAI
Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor Reich

PUCCINI
La bohème Schaunard
Madama Butterfly Sharpless

RAMEAU
Platée Satyr, Cithaeron

SCHUBERT
Die Freunde von Salamanca Fidelio

J. STRAUSS
Die Fledermaus Frank

SULLIVAN
The Pirates of Penzance Major General Stanley
Mikado Ko-ko

For concert repertoire, please be in touch with Jonathan Turnbull.