Mercurio in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera

★★★★

The Times

"Neil Balfour is a superb

bass-baritone as Mercurio."

-Sam Smith

MusicOMH

"Strutting, swaggering and seducing his way across the stage - Neil Balfour the beatboxing (and how!) wingman Mercurio."

-Richard Bratby

Birmingham Post

Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour, is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival as an artist “I cannot believe how powerful his voice is. I have never seen opera like he does it” - Haggis McLeod, head-programmer. He is the first performer to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera and has premiered the roles of Nikolaus’ Father in Mysterious 44 (the first electronic opera) and La-La (role sponsored by the opera awards) in A Shoe Full of Stars (YAM Awards Best Opera 2018). "Neil is without a doubt one of the top singers I've ever worked with.” - Ruth Mariner, Director.

 

He is currently a Concordia Artist, the first classical sE Artist, director of www.artsongstory.com (compelling videos of classical art-song and their stories), founder of the Koko Koncerts (emerging classical stars in a coffee shop) and is in partnership with Penhaligon’s, the famous British perfume house and Kapow meggings. His voice-over work for YouTube channels have reached well over 100 million views.

BIOGRAPHY

Upcoming performances include Colline La bohème for Devon Opera, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Mananan Opera (Isle of Man), Comedy of Errors for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dark Cabaret (premiere) for Glastonbury Music Festival, La fanciulla del West for Opera North and song recitals for &Piano Festival and MadewithMusic.

Recent performances include Colline La bohème for Mananan Opera (Isle of Man) & OFMAN Opera Studio (Madrid), Mercurio La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera,  the nationwide tour of Aida with the Chorus of Opera North, Porgy & Bess at Leeds Town Hall, and soloist for the Dore Male Voice Choir during a concert tour of Sicily.

Contemporary works have included premiering roles in A Shoe Full of Stars by Omar Sharyar, Nikolaus’ Father in Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone, Best Man in Cheese by Lucy Armstrong (premiere at The Bridgewater Hall), Sam in a contemporary re-telling of Dorian Gray for Proper Job Theatre and Magnificat by Oliver Tarney and Convivium Records.

Neil has been a Young Artist for Buxton International Festival, sung Claggart Billy Budd for The Royal Opera House (L&P Department), covered Don Alfonso Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera.

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16 Feb - 21 March 2021

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST | Opera North

Neil will be joining Opera North for an show that has been called the original Spaghetti Western! The tale is a love triangle involving Dick Johnson, aka the bandit Ramerrez, Sheriff Jack Rance and Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West.

Where: Opera North, Leeds

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25 April - 3 October 2020

COMEDY OF ERRORS | Royal Shakespeare Company

Neil is joining the RSC, as an experimental singer, in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision.

Where: RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon

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11 October 2020

MINI GIG | Made with Music

Neil is introducing and performing a selection of characterful, colourful and crazy songs for an audience with a mean age of 10! Expect a relaxed atmosphere and huge variety of eclectic artists.

Where: The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

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26 September 2020

SONG RECITAL | &Piano Festival

Neil is joining pianist and festival director Chris Pulleyn for a programme of beautiful, unusual and characterful songs in the final concert for the &Piano Festival. 

Where: The Civic, Slaithwaite

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2 - 14 September 2020

COSÌ FAN TUTTE | Mananan Opera

Neil is playing the role of young officer and lover, Guglielmo in Mozart's comic opera, Così fan tutte. A controversial and satirical tale of love that takes a cynical swipe at men and women.

Where: Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Postponed until 2021

LA BOHÈME | Devon Opera

Neil is playing the role of young philosopher, Colline in Puccini's tragic love story, La bohème.

Where: Devon and surrounding areas

 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 

 

 

Postponed until 2021

GLASTONBURY | Contemporary Music Festival

Neil has been confirmed for a second year to perform a new show: Dark Cabaret for the Festival's very special 50th Anniversary. The story tells the dark and comic tale of a dead gangster stuck in purgatory. Expect opera, lights, full-body paint, skeletons and dancers.

Where: Glastonbury Music Festival, Pilton, Somerset, UK

 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 

Postponed

MAGIC ROCK GIG | &Piano Festival

Enjoy music, incredible Magic Rock beers and sumptuous food platters as Neil and &Piano festival director, Chris Pulleyn, serenade you with a programme of beautiful, unusual and characterful songs in this unique, cool and informal setting.

Where: The Tap Room, Huddersifield, HD1 5EB

 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 

Postponed

THE KOKO KONCERT II | ArtSongStory

Following the success of the sold out opening Koko Koncert, we are once again inviting you to share your evening with us at House of Koko in Chapel Allerton, Leeds where 4 extraordinary classical musicians perform their favourite pieces of music.

Where: House of Koko, Leeds

 POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS 

29 February 2020

PORGY & BESS | Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Celebrating the very best of American choral and orchestral music, the concert opens with the original overture to the musical Showboat, followed by one of the most famous bass songs Ol’ Man River and Neil is the soloist in a full concert version of Porgy & Bess by Gershwin.

Where: Victoria Hall, Leeds

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26 January 2020

THE KOKO KONCERT LAUNCH | ArtSongStory

Share your evening with 4 classical stars in a coffee shop as they perform their favourite pieces of music. You'll get to know them through the music they play and anecdotes they’ll share as well as informal chats over a glass of wine, gin and tonic and popcorn.

Where: House of Koko, Leeds

 SOLD OUT 

 

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