Neal Ferreira is a promising lyric tenor with a handsome, masculine tone quality to which he brings a cultivated vocalism and eloquent expression. He spent the first seven years of his career as a character tenor with multiple engagements at Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, and Syracuse Opera (to name a few) in roles from Les Contes d’Hoffman, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Magic Flute. After undertaking studies with Frank Lopardo, he is now singing leading roles such as Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and the title role in Faust, Verdi’s Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.. This winter, he sang Tamino for the Boston Youth Symphony.
As an oratorio soloist, Mr. Ferreira has performed the role of Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater throughout the New England area. He is a regular guest soloist at his alma mater, Providence College, where he has appeared in Handel’s Messiah and Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ with the Providence College Orchestra and Chorus.
Mr. Ferreira earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, He studied with international opera singer Patricia Craig, and sang Tamino in The Magic Flute as part of New England Conservatory Outreach Opera’s inaugural production. Mr. Ferreira was awarded the 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera.
Based in Boston, Mr. Ferreira appears as a soloist on a regular basis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and Odyssey Opera.
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, 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.