Neal Ferreira

Tenor, Opera Singer, Soloist

Praised by Opera News for his “moving performance" and “beautiful" singing, Neal Ferreira is receiving national recognition as a frequent performer of opera and oratorio. The emerging tenor recently received the 2012-13 Artist of the Year Award from Syracuse Opera. He has also appeared with Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Boston, American Repertory Theatre, Boston Midsummer Opera, and Guerilla Opera. Contact Neal at nealferreira@gmail.com

Neal
Photo by Dominick Rodriguez

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"the standout was Neal Ferreira ... Handsome and slim, he has a clear, sweet standard-order tenor voice..."
~Berkshire Fine Arts

"sang ... with an otherwordly character that befit
the voice of God.”

~Wall Street Journal

"Neal Ferreira has the ability to soar to the highest ranges demanded ... and he dramatized the torment in the lyrics.”
~Syracuse Post-Standard

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Performance Experience

Operatic Roles

Ferdinand The Tempest
The Shakespeare Concerts
2015*
Giudice/Servitore di Amelia Un ballo in maschera
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
2015*
Alfred Die Fledermaus
Syracuse Opera
2014*
Charlie Gould (Orlofsky) The Polar Bat (Die Fledermaus)
Anchorage Opera
2014
Spoletta Tosca
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
2014
Monostatos The Magic Flute
Boston Lyric Opera
2013
Basilio/Curzio Le nozze di Figaro
Syracuse Opera
2013
Traveler Clemency
Boston Lyric Opera
2013
Borsa Rigoletto
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
2013
Dr. Blind Die Fledermaus
Virginia Opera
2012
Tancredi The Inspector
Boston Lyric Opera
2012
Bardolfo Falstaff
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
2012
Goro Madama Butterfly
Opera on the James
2011
Sheldon Segal Later The Same Evening
The Glimmerglass Festival
2011
Charlie Davenport (cover) Annie Get Your Gun
The Glimmerglass Festival
2011
Snout A Midsummer Night's Dream
Boston Lyric Opera
2011
Spalanzani/Andres Les contes d'Hoffman
Florida Grand Opera
2011
Spoletta Tosca
Boston Lyric Opera
2010
Gran Sacerdote Idomeneo, re di Creta
Boston Lyric Opera
2010
Tanzmeister/Brighella (cover) Ariadne auf Naxos
Boston Lyric Opera
2010
Ein Offizier Ariadne auf Naxos
Boston Lyric Opera
2010
Spalanzani/Andres Les contes d’Hoffmann
Opera Colorado
2009
Monostatos The Magic Flute
Boston Lyric Opera for Young Audiences
2009
Spalanzani/Andres Les contes d’Hoffmann
Boston Lyric Opera
2008
Assistant Heart of a Dog
Guerilla Opera
2007

Solo with Ensemble

Around the World in Eighty Minutes
Boston Lyric Opera and Boston Landmarks Orchestra
2012
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff
Syracuse Opera
2012
King David, Arthur Honegger
Newburyport Choral Society
2011
Christmas Oratorio, Camille Saint-Saëns
Newburyport Choral Society
2010
Mass No. 2 in G Major, Franz Shubert
Newburyport Choral Society
2010
Carmina Burana, Carl Orff
Newburyport Choral Society
2009
Mass in B minor, J.S. Bach
Newburyport Choral Society
2009
The Creation, Joseph Haydn
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2008
Magnificat, J.S. Bach
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2007
Stabat Mater, Antonin Dvořak
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2007
Requiem, W.A. Mozart
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2007
Messiah, G.F. Handel
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2007
Petite Messe Solennelle, Gioacchino Rossini
First Religious Society, Newburyport, MA
2006
Filthy/Rich
Vox Consort
2005
A Talent to Amuse: An Evening with Noël Coward
New England Conservatory Opera Theater
2005

Biography

Tenor Neal Ferreira, especially noted for his dynamic and captivating stage presence, is quickly gaining national recognition. In the current season and beyond, performances include a return to Syracuse Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Judge/Amelia’s Servant in Un ballo in maschera with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Ferdinand in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest with the Shakespeare Concerts.

Most recent engagements include Tancredi in John Musto's The Inspector with Boston Lyric Opera, for which Opera News praised his "moving performance," Charlie Gould (Orlofsky) in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera, and Spoletta in Tosca with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Last season his performance as Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Syracuse Opera garnered him the company’s 2012-13 Artist of the Year Award.

Mr. Ferreira was awarded the 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera, and has since performed there in many roles including Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Traveler in Clemency, as Spoletta in Tosca, Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Gran Sacerdote in Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta and Ein Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos, in which he also covered the roles of Tanzmeister and Brighella.

He made his Opera Colorado debut performing Spalanzani and Andres in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, roles he first performed with Boston Lyric Opera under the direction of Maestro Keith Lockhart and reprised with the Florida Grand Opera. Other appearances have included Sheldon Segal in Later the Same Evening and Charlie Davenport (cover) in Annie Get Your Gun with Deborah Voigt at the Glimmerglass Festival.

As an oratorio soloist, Mr. Ferreira has performed the role of Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation with world-renowned soprano Jayne West, as well as noted performances in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Dvořak’s Stabat Mater throughout the New England area. He is a regular guest soloist at his alma mater, Providence College, where he has most recently appeared in Handel’s Messiah and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ with the Providence College Orchestra and Chorus.

Mr. Ferreira holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, graduating with Academic Honors in 2005. There he studied with international opera singer Patricia Craig, and he sang the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute as part of New England Conservatory Outreach Opera’s inaugural production.

As a recipient of the Roberts Music Scholarship for musical aptitude and achievement, Mr. Ferreira completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Providence College in 2002, graduating cum laude. While at Providence College, he studied voice with David Harper and appeared in many stage productions with both the Music and Theater Departments. Mr. Ferreira has returned several times to teach master classes to undergraduate and high school students at the Providence College Summer Vocal Institute.

Awards

  • 2012-13 Artist of the Year Award
    Syracuse Opera
  • 2011-12 Artist of the Year Award
    Syracuse Opera
  • 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence
    Boston Lyric Opera

Education

  • Emerging Artist Boston Lyric Opera, 2011-12
  • Young Artist The Glimmerglass Festival, 2011
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance
    Academic Honors, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Minor in Black Studies
    Cum Laude, Providence College, Providence, RI, 2002
  • Principal Teachers
    Penelope Bitzas, Patricia Craig, David Harper
  • Coaches
    David Moody, Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, Michael Strauss, Terry Decima
  • Directors
    Francesca Zambello, Anne Bogart, Leon Major, Renaud Doucet
  • Conductors
    Keith Lockhart, Gary Thor Wedow, Stephen Lord, David Angus