Neal Daviesstudied at King's College, London, and the RAM, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic under Jansons, the BBCSO under Boulez, the Cleveland and Philharmonia Orchestras under Dohnanyi, the COE under Harnoncourt, the OAE under Brüggen, the Gabrieli Consort under McCreesh, the Hallé Orchestra under Elder, Concerto Koeln under Bolton, the Scottish chamber Orchestra with Adam Fischer, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner, and the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras under Harding.He has been a regular guest of the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.
His wide discography includes Messiah, Theodora, Saul and Creation (Gramophone Award 2008) under McCreesh, Jenufa and Makropulos Case under Mackerras, Barber’s Vanessa under Slatkin, Messiah under Rene Jacobs, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Osmo Vänskä, the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson and Britten’s Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010).
Operatic appearances have included Giulio Cesare and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, L’Allegro, Zebul (Jephtha), Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Ariodates (Xerxes) and Kolenaty (The Makropoulos Case) for the English National Opera, Radamisto for the Opera de Marseille, Orlando with the Gabrieli Consort, Leporello (Don Giovanni) for the Scottish Opera and the Montreal Opera, Britten’s Curlew River for the Edinburgh Festival, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Zebul and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) for Welsh National Opera, and Agrippina for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He made his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Major General Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance) and returned as Ko-Ko (The Mikado) with Sir Andrew Davis. With William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Neal has sung in Theodora (Paris and Salzburg) and in the Aix-n-Provence Festival production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Aix, Edinburgh and New York), which is available on DVD.
Forthcoming engagements include the Barbican Centre’s production of Curlew River in New York, Xerxes with ENO and a return to the Royal Opera Opera for Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.