Praised for his “rich, powerful voice” and “bravura-filled stage presence,” Neal Ferreira is a promising lyric tenor with a handsome, masculine tone quality to which he brings a cultivated vocalism and eloquent expression. His 2016-17 season was highlighted by debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Ein Tierhändler in Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons, and with Odyssey Opera as Jack in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest. He opened the current season with a return to Odyssey Opera as Giovanni d’Aire in Donizetti’s rarely heard L’assedio di Calais.
In the 2015-16 season Mr. Ferreira performed the Visitor in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony at the Cyclorama, for which the Wall Street Journal called him “poignant” and the Boston Globe lauded his “firm yet sweet tenor.” In the spring of 2015 he debuted the role of Ferdinand in the world premiere of Joseph’s Summer’s The Tempest with the Shakespeare Concerts, and he can be heard on the original cast recording released on Albany Records.
The tenor has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera in numerous roles over the last ten seasons, including Tancredi in John Musto’s The Inspector, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name a few. Mr. Ferreira received the 2013 Artist of the Year Award from Syracuse Opera, with whom he most recently performed the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus. He has also appeared with Florida Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, Virginia Opera, Anchorage Opera, American Repertory Theatre, Guerilla Opera, and Emmanuel Music.
Upcoming engagements include performances with the Shakespeare Concerts, his role debut as Le Remendado in Carmen with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Boston Lyric Opera as the Jazz Tenor in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.