“Brilliant Teacher… Excellent Instruction… Fabulous, capable and oozing enthusiasm"
Professional. Patient. Passionate.
"Music for me is not a job, it is my life
and I feel humble in being able to pursue it as a career.
I look forward to meeting, working with and training
the next generation of musicians."
Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour, is an opera singer and the first to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival as an artist “I cannot believe how powerful his voice is. I have never seen opera like he does it” - Haggis McLeod, head-programmer. He is the first performer to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera and has premiered lead roles in Al-Haytham's Light for English Touring Opera, Mysterious 44 (the first electronic opera) and La-La (role sponsored by the opera awards) in A Shoe Full of Stars (YAM Awards Best Opera 2018).
Currently an emerging artist at the National Opera Studio, a Britten-Pears Artist, Samling Artist and Concordia Artist, the first classical sE Artist, director of www.artsongstory.com (compelling videos of classical art-song and their stories) and founder of the Koko Koncerts (emerging classical stars in a coffee shop). Neil is also in partnership with Penhaligon’s British perfume house, GIK Acoustics and Kapow meggings. His voice-overs for YouTube channels have over 100 million views.
Upcoming performances include premiering the role of Punch in Crocodile for Hull Urban Opera, Nexy in Back into the World for English Touring Opera, touring Comedy of Errors for the Royal Shakespeare Company and recitals for the National Opera Studio.
Previous operatic performances have included Colline La bohème for Mananan Opera & OFMAN Opera Studio (Madrid), Mercurio La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera, Figaro (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera, Don Alfonso (cover) Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Young Artist Macbeth for Buxton International Festival, Claggart Billy Budd for The Royal Opera House (L&P Department) and the nationwide tour of Aida with the Chorus of Opera North.
Previous concert performances have included Porgy & Bess with Leeds Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with Ilkley Choral Society and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Guards Chapel, London as well as an eclectic mix of song recitals for Leeds Lieder, &Piano, Britten-Pears Arts, the Leeds Opera Festival and the Dore Male Voice Choir in Sicily.
Contemporary works have included recording Early Stroll (written for performance during Covid-19 lockdown) by Richard Barnard as well as premiering roles in Al-Haytham’s Light by Iain Farrington for English Touring Opera, A Shoe Full of Stars by Omar Sharyar, Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone, Cheese by Lucy Armstrong (premiere at The Bridgewater Hall), Dorian Gray for Proper Job Theatre and Magnificat by Oliver Tarney for Convivium Records.
Neil teaches privately from his studio in Leeds as well as by request via high-quality video call using Zoom.
MMus at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)
PGDip Advanced Studies at RNCM
BA (Hons.) Music at Leeds College of Music
Grade 8 - Singing ABRSM
Grade 8 - Singing Rockschool
Grade 8 - Piano ABRSM
Grade 8 - Guitar NMA