British soprano Hazel Neighbour is studying with Nuccia Focile and Jonathan Papp on the Royal Academy Opera Programme generously supported by the Maria Callas Award, the Gerald Finzi Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with distinction in her Master of Performance. Before studying singing, Hazel read Chemistry at Imperial College London.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Hazel has performed the roles of Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte – Mozart), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen – Janáček), Cupid (Semele – Handel) and Brigitta (Iolanta – Tchaikovsky). In RAO opera scenes, she has performed Mimì (La bohème – Puccini), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier – Strauss) and Rusalka (Dvořák). At the Royal College of Music, she performed the roles of Mimì (La bohème – Puccini) and Mařenka (The Bartered Bride – Smetana) in opera scenes and Cock/Cricket/Franzl (The Cunning Little Vixen – Janáček) with the RCMIOS. At the RCS, Hazel covered Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus – Strauss) and performed Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Mozart) and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro – Mozart) in opera scenes.
Externally, she has performed the Governess (The Turn of the Screw – Britten) at Dartington International Festival; Dorabella (Così fan tutte – Mozart) and Papagena (The Magic Flute – Mozart) with Cambridge University Opera; and Gretel (Hansel & Gretel – Humperdinck), Polly Peachum (Beggar’s Opera – Gay) and Pitti-Sing (The Mikado – Sullivan) with St Albans Chamber Opera. She covered the role of the Bride (The Vanishing Bridegroom – Judith Weir) for British Youth in 2017 and played the lead soprano role in the Butt, an opera by Susie Self adapted from the book by Will Self, at the contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage in Vienna in 2016
Hazel attended the Franz-Schubert-Institut summer programme in Austria performing in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, Wolfram Rieger, Birgid Steinberger, Andreas Schmidt and Roger Vignoles.
Highlights of Hazel’s concert experience include A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams with Vivace Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia at Dorking Halls, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with Cambridge Sinfionetta and Mozart’s Vesperae solemnes de confessore at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge.
Hazel Neighbour is looking forward to performing L'Ensoleillad in Massenet's Chérubin in her second year at RAM as well as joining Glyndebourne chorus for their 2020 season.