Trevor Neal, Baritone
This month Operapolitan would like to introduce you to the magnificent baritone, Trevor Neal! His instrument is one characterized by strength, beauty, and attention to nuance. We learned, in his interview, that he is a devout fan of Giuseppe Verdi and his works. Well... we have no doubt that if Verdi were still with us, he would be mutually appreciative of this remarkable voice and artist. It is voices like Trevor Neal’s that give hope and comfort to those who care deeply about the future of opera.
His young career has already brought him to the stages of Opera San José, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Opera North (among others.) In addition to being an active performer of Opera, he is also a featured soloist on a Grammy nominated album where his voice and artistry were celebrated by critics.
We hope you enjoy reading and learning about Trevor - we can’t wait to see where he will go next!
Trevor Neal as Rambaldo in La Rondine with Opera San José
Getting to know Trevor...
What is your favorite aspect of being an opera singer?
You know, this is going to sound a bit basic and ordinary, but I truly enjoy the impact of what we do has on new audiences. Yes, it’s important to cultivate and grow your relationship with your current viewer base but there is something special about talking to that person after their first Bohème or Butterfly and how their face lights up from the power of live theater they just witnessed on the stage of many opera houses across the country. It's then that I know another person has been bitten by the opera bug.
What are your hobbies/ what do you do for fun?
I don’t really have set hobbies or things I do for fun. I like to keep options open and have a number of different experiences. With that said, I’m ADDICTED to quite the collection of shows that I enjoy on Hulu w/ Starz, Netflix, HBOGo, and Amazon Prime Video w/ Showtime. So, I suppose binge watching TV is my hobby.
What is your favorite food?
Sushi. Sushi all day. Sushi any day.
What is your favorite Holiday?
I have to pick two here- Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know it’s not the case, but every year it seems the world slows down and remains at peace. That’s a very comforting time of year for me.
Favorite TV Series?
Though I believe Breaking Bad is the best TV ever written, my favorite show, because I’m kind of a political buff, is The West Wing.
"What's love got to do with it?" It’s the only movie where I still scream at the screen as if seeing it for the first time.
What is your dream vacation?
Santorini. the White, Black, and Red beaches have always fascinated me
If your life were a movie what would the title be?
My favorite composer happens to be the GREATEST COMPOSER EVER. Giuseppe Verdi. No other composer in my opinion had three very distinct periods in their compositions. Verdi proved that he was never afraid to evolve as an artist.
“Tu Tu, piccolo iddio” [from Madama Butterfly]
Tosca, I could literally go on and on about this opera but I’ll spare you the novel.
Favorite Opera Singer and why?
Tebaldi. Often not given enough credit by a long shot. I believe the credit of Singing/Actress really should go to her over Callas.
Favorite Opera House?
I have to give this category to my home town opera company, The Dallas Opera, who is housed in the beautiful Winspear Opera House. The hall is an acoustic splendor and architectural homage to the European horse-shoe style with a very sleek and classy modern edge. Not to mention at 2300 seats it’s a perfect house to see and hear opera.
Do you have a dream role you have yet to perform?
I’ve had two opportunities to cover the Baron Scarpia but have yet to perform it. It’s at the top of my list right now.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Stay Humble, know your worth, and never take a wooden nickel. -Grandma
What are three things you can’t be without when traveling to a gig?
A Fan, lamp, and bluetooth speaker. During shows my dressing room becomes a very zen place. I usually turn off the room lights and only have my lamp on with fan on lowest setting and neo-soul in the background.
Do you have and pre-performance traditions or superstitions?
Before going onstage, I breathe in slow through my nose and exhale slowly through my mouth and I’m set to go.
Operapolitan is so thankful to Trevor for sharing with us!
Keep your ears open for what's sure to be an exciting future!
Trevor Neal Biography
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. The 2017/18 season will see him at Opera San Jose in role debuts of Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte), Rambaldo (La Rondine), Germont (La Traviata). He was previously a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist at Virginia Opera where he sang the role of Kilian in Weber's Der Freishutz to critical acclaim as well as covering the role of Tonio (I Pagliacci), and a study cover of Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman). In the summer of 2016, he returned to the program at Opera North to cover the Baron Scarpia and sing Sciarrone (Tosca) and the Corporal (La Fille du Regiment). In 2015 at Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera) he covered Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady) and sang the Bonze (Madame 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 (Street Scene) and covered the role of Giorgio Germont (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 with The UNT A Capella Choir 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