Tenor Neal Ferreira, especially noted for his dynamic and captivating stage presence, is quickly gaining national recognition.
Mr. Ferreira opened last season with his Boston Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Hall debut as Ein Tierhändler in Der Rosenkavalierunder the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons. He made another company debut with Odyssey Opera in March 2017, singing the role of Jack in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's setting of The Importance of Being Earnest. The tenor will return to Odyssey Opera in October 2017, singing the role of Giovanni d'Aire in Donizetti's rarely heard L'assedio di Calais at the Huntington Avenue Theatre. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Shakespeare Concerts this fall, his role debut as Le Remendado in Carmen with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Boston Lyric Opera in May of 2018 as the Jazz Tenor in Trouble in Tahiti.
His 2015-16 season was highlighted by a successful performance as The Visitor in Boston Lyric Opera's production of Philip Glass' In the Penal Colony, for which the Wall Street Journal called him "poignant" and the Boston Globe lauded his "firm yet sweet tenor." In addition to performing roles in Otello with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and The Merry Widow with Boston Lyric Opera, the tenor sang the role of Alan in Joseph Summer's The Tenor's Suite with the Shakespeare Concerts at Jordan Hall.
In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Ferreira debuted the role of Ferdinand in the world premiere of Joseph Summer's The Tempest with the Shakespeare Concerts. He can be heard on the original cast recording, recently released on Albany Records. He returned to Syracuse Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus to great acclaim and sang multiple roles with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in Un ballo in maschera.
Other recent engagements include Tancredi in John Musto's The Inspector with Boston Lyric Opera, for which Opera News praised his "moving performance" and "beautiful" singing, Charlie Gould (Orlofsky) in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera, and Spoletta in Tosca with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. 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 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.
The tenor 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.
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 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 as a guest artist to perform in recital as well as teach masterclasses to undergraduate students.