Neal Cooper
Singer

Neal Cooper was born in South London and studied German literature at Durham University and singing at the Paris Conservatoire. After several years working in France he returned to Britain to train as a dramatic tenor, studying at the National Opera Studio. Neal made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in 2013 as Thibault Les Vêpres siciliennes, returned in 2014 for Melot / Tristan und Isolde. Other engagements have included Tristan (Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern), Tannhäuser (Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken), Tristan and Tannhäuser (Longborough Festival Opera), Calaf / Turandot (Opera Northern Ireland), Gabriele Adorno / Simon Boccanegra (English National Opera), Radames / Aida (Riverside Opera), Mark / The Wreckers (Bard Summerscape Music Festival in NYC with the American Symphony Orchestra), and Ciccillo / I gioielli della Madonna and Nick / La Fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park). Covers for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden have included title roles in Parsifal, Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde. He also performed with Antonio Pappano in a Covent Garden Insights programme. Concert appearances include the title role in extracts from Siegfried in the Wagner 200 Celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall, and the title role in the Good Friday scene of Parsifal, with John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz. Neal Cooper’s most recent engagements include debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Melot in new productions of Tristan und Isolde and at Teatro alla Scala as Eisslinger / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Current and future engagements include Tristan (title role) Melbourne Opera, his debut at Opéra National de Paris, Bastille as Melot / Tristan, his return as Thibault Les vêpres siciliennes to the ROH Covent Garden, as well as Gralsritter-Knappe / Parsifal (Baden-Baden and Berlin Philharmonie, Sir Simon Rattle), and Mahler VIII (Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Adam Fischer).

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