Neil Balfour


Half-Indian, half-Scottish bass-baritone Neil Balfour is an opera singer whose repertoire spans a diverse range of music. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Masters distinction and is a 2019 Concordia Artist. 

Upcoming performances include Colline in La bohème on the Isle of Man, soloist for the Dore Male Voice Choir in Sicily and then onto the North of England to play the role of Sam in a contemporary re-telling of Dorian Gray for Proper Job Theatre.

Recent engagements include Claggart/ Billy Budd (Royal Opera House Learning and Development); La bohème (Madrid); cover Don Alfonso (Opera Holland Park); being a young artist for Buxton Festival Opera, and shadowing the role of Lt. Ratcliffe in Opera North’s production of Billy Budd. 

Contemporary works have included premiering the roles of La-La (role sponsored by the Opera Awards) in A Shoe Full of Stars (YAM Awards Best Opera 2018) by Omar Shahryar, Nikolaus’ Father/Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone and Best Man/Cheese by Lucy Armstrong, premiere at the Bridgewater Hall. 

Other jobs of interest include being the creator of, voiceover work for YouTube channels with views on his videos reaching well over 100 million, premiering the first electronic opera, conducting 300+ mass choirs and performing a private show for Her Majesty The Queen.

Previously for Longborough: chorus, Figaro (cover)/Le nozze di Figaro (2016)