Hailed by Opera News for his extremely “warm and rich baritone”, Grammy-nominated baritone Trevor Neal, is a favorite among audiences across the United States. A 2018 MET National Council LA Region Finalist, Trevor has an exciting 2018/19 season ahead which starts with performances at the Newport Music Festival-Newport, RI as the Festival baritone, singing works of Schubert, Bizet, Rossini, Copland, and Heggie.
Trevor returns to Virginia Opera to sing the role of Henry Davis in their production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and follows with another season as a member of the resident company at Opera San Jose. San Jose audiences will see him in a matinee as Tonio in Pagliacci, Captain Gardiner in Moby Dick and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
In the 2017/18 season, audiences saw him as Rambaldo in La Rondine, a matinee performance of Dutchman in Der Fliegenden Hollander and a triumphant role Debut as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. Of this performance, James Sohre of Opera Today wrote,”…Trevor Neal was an imposing Giorgio Germont, his physical stature and orotund baritone impressively illuminating the character. Verdi gives Germont some of the opera’s best music and a wonderful theatrical arc, and Mr. Neal took full advantage of the opportunity. His sonorous, mellifluous delivery was marked by beautifully shaped phrases and incisive theatrical insights”.
While a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera, he sang the role of Kilian in Weber’s Der Freischutz where he, “used his rich baritone to keen effect” (Tim Scott/Opera News) and was, “…appealing as the huntsman Kilian” (Anne Midgette/Washington Post), as well as covering the role of Tonio in I Pagliacci, and a study cover of Dutchman in Der Fliegende Hollander. In the summer of 2016, he returned to the program at Opera North to cover the Baron Scarpia and sing Sciarrone in Tosca and the Corporal in La Fille du Regiment.
In 2015 at Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera) he covered Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and sang the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and was a member of the Apprentice Artist program at Sarasota Opera.
In 2014 at Opera North he performed the role of Henry Davis In Street Scene and covered the role of Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. Trevor returned to Opera North to sing King Melchior in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
He began his formal training at the University of North Texas where he studied with baritone Jeffrey Snider. Trevor sings with the South Dakota Chorale, a professional choral group of 28 singers, based in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a featured soloist on their debut album, In Paradisum: The Healing Power of Heaven, which was released and distributed by Naxos/Gothic in May 2012. Of this recording, he was described as “vividly alert to emotional coloration” (Donald Rosenburg/Gramophone).
In 2012, Trevor completed performances as the featured soloist in concerts in both Daejeon and Incheon, South Korea as part of the Daejeon International Choral Festival. Trevor previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning for New York-based chamber opera company, The Secret Opera.