David Neal’s lyric bass-baritone voice has been described as “resounding,” “sonorous,” and “supple,” and as having a “wonderfully rich and vibrant vocal quality.” He has performed a wide range of roles in opera, concert, musical theatre, and recital, with performances at Carnegie Hall / Weill Hall, Lake George Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Baltimore Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Sorg Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Kitchen Theatre, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the Society for New Music, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and the American Modern Ensemble.
David has performed many new works, including several works commissioned from composers Robert Paterson and Lowell Liebermann. With the Center for Contemporary Opera, he created the role of The Commissioner in Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent and sang the role of John Henry in William Mayer’s A Death in the Family. Those productions traveled to the National Theatre in Szeged, Hungary and the Opera Theatre of Avignon, France. David recently premiered Robert Paterson’s Night Songs at Weill Hall / Carnegie Hall, and will return there in April 2020 to premiere a new piano/vocal version of Paterson’s Night Songs. With the Society for New Music, he performed the role of Peccavit the Pedlar in Charles Fussell’s The Astronaut’s Tale in several performances this past summer. He has performed at numerous New York City venues, including the DiMenna Center, the TimesCenter, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the Kaye Playhouse.
Recent work includes solo appearances with Symphoria in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Messiah, which he also sang with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Bach’s Coffee Cantata with the Jefferson Quartet, the roles of Merlyn in Camelot and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! with Triphammer Arts. His recorded performances may be heard on the Albany and AMR labels.
David teaches in the musical theatre program at SUNY Cortland, and has taught at Cornell University, Morgan State University, and the Peabody Preparatory. Recent studies have focused on cross training in musical theatre and classical voice technique.
He is the founding Artistic Director of The Arts at Grace, a community-supported concert series in Cortland, New York. Now in its 16th season, the series offers professional concerts free of charge to the community, with funds raised from grants, sponsorships, individual contributions and donations. It has presented over 75 concerts ranging from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the Verdi Requiem, to more intimate recitals, jazz and chamber performances, and youth-oriented concerts.
A more detailed list of performances and recorded performances, please see the “Credits” and “Media” pages.