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Welsh bass-baritone.

Neal Davies studied at King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music. He won the Lieder Prize in the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Operatic work with most of the major British companies includes: Royal Opera (Cithéron Platée, Mozart's Figaro, Achilla Giulio Cesare and Alaska Wolf Joe  Mahagonny); ENO (Zebul Jephtha, Publio La clemenza di Tito, Ariodates Xerxes, and Kolenatý The Makropulos Case); WNO (Guglielmo, Papageno, Dulcamara, Zebul, Don Alfonso, Leporello  and Sharpless); Scottish Opera (Masetto, Leporello, King Ariodante); Garsington (Don Alfonso).

Appearances abroad include Marseille (Tiridate in Radamisto), Berlin Staatsoper (Pallante in Agrippina); Montreal (Leporello) and Chicago Lyric Opera (two G&S roles, Major-General Stanley and Ko-Ko). He has worked with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie as Saul in David et Jonathas (Aix-en-Provence) and Valens in Theodora at both Paris and Salzburg.

He has sung many times at the Edinburgh International Festival - staged performances include the Traveller (Curlew River 2005) and Saul (David et Jonathas 2012), but he has also made many concert appearances including several of rare operatic repertoire. Concert performances elsewhere in Scotland include, in September 2013, the Mozart Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the BBC SSO.

His concert appearances include work with the Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Cleveland, Philharmonia, London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Notable conductors he has worked with include Mark Elder, Paul McCreesh, Ivor Bolton, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Frans Brüggen, Roger Norrington and Daniel Harding.

Roles in Scotland

First Robber
Freunde von Salamanka 1993
Přemysl a prince
Šárka 1993
Fidelio in love with Eusebia
Freunde von Salamanka 1993
Masetto a peasant, engaged to Zerlina
Don Giovanni 1995
Symphony no9 'Choral' 1996
Satyr Goat-man
Platée 1997
Cithéron a King
Platée 1997
Ghost of Samuel a vision
Saul 1999
Doeg an officer of Saul
Saul 1999
Junius a Roman General
Rape of Lucretia 1999
Allan Guinevere's servant
Roi Arthus 2000
Mordred a knight
Roi Arthus 2000
Publio Publius, Captain of the Praetorian Guard
Clemenza di Tito 2000
Leporello Giovanni's servant
Don Giovanni 2001
Tirésias a blind prophet
Oedipe 2002
Lysiart Count of Foret
Euryanthe 2004
Curlew River 2005
Maestro di cappella a composer
Prima la musica e poi le parole 2007
Simon brother of Judas Maccabaeus
Judas Maccabaeus 2009
Eupolemus Jewish Ambassador to Rome
Judas Maccabaeus 2009
Saül King of Israel
David et Jonathas 2012
Dick Deadeye Able Seaman
H M S Pinafore 2015
Valens President of Antioch
Theodora 2015
Re di Scozia King of Scotland, Ginevra's father
Ariodante 2016
Raphael an archangel
Creation 2018
Creation 2021
Creation 2018
Creation 2021
Saul King of Israel
Saul 2022
Saint Matthew Passion 2024

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