Half-indian, half-scottish bass-baritone, Neil Balfour, lives in Leeds and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with teacher Nicholas Powell.
Neil keeps a busy schedule as a recitalist and concert soloist across the UK as well as appearing on live Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6.
His repertoire spans a diverse range of music including the opera, oratorio, artsong, musical theatre and contemporary genres and was recently on the young artist programme for Buxton Festival opera in Verdi’s Macbeth. Upcoming performances include touring the UK with Heritage Opera in Così fan Tutte and La Boheme and in September as Mustafà in Rossini’s L'italiana in Algeri for Mananan Opera on the Isle of Man. Last year, Neil covered Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera and shadowed the role of Lt. Ratcliffe in Opera North’s production of Billy Budd.
As a principal singer, operatic roles have included Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte, Figaro, Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Colline in La Boheme, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lt. Ratcliffe in Billy Budd, Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne, Mustafa in L'italiana in Algeri, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, Baculus in Der Wildschütz, Barone di Kelbar in Un Giorno di Regno, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and world premiere of Nikolaus’s father in Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone.
Neil gratefully acknowledges the support of the Jane Anthony Memorial Fund, full RNCM Scholarship and the the South Square Trust Scholarship Award.