Simon Neal


was born in England. He studied music at Leicester University. Before embarking on a singing career, he was the marketing director for a British company. He was a member of the ensemble at the Theater Dortmund from 2006-11. He has appeared as a guest at the Sydney Opera House, with the English National Opera, the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and he appears regularly with the Oper Düsseldorf, Oper Köln, and the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He debuted in Oslo in 2013 in a production by Calixto Bieito (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and subsequently worked with that director in two further productions (Iago in Otello in Basel and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in Antwerp). He debuted as Achilles in Schoeck’s Penthesilea at the Oper Frankfurt in 2011, followed there by Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mandryka in Arabella, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, the title role in Oedipe, as well as Sebastiano in Tiefland. He debuted at the Semperoper Dresden in 2012 as the General in Henze’s We Come to the River. He made his debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman in 2014 in Lyon under the direction of La Fura del Baus. He has appeared as a concert singer in works such as the requiems. He appeared at the Oper Leipzig in the 2017/18 season as Dr. Schön in Lulu. 2018/19 here as the Wanderer in Siegfried, and Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West. 2020/21 he returns as Telramund in Lohengrin and the title role in The Flying Dutchman.