H A Z E L N E I G H B O U R
British-Irish lyric soprano Hazel Neighbour is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music opera studio where she studied under the tutelage of renowned soprano Nuccia Focile.
Hazel’s operatic highlights include Mimì (Young Artist Cover) for Mid Wales Opera’s new production of La bohème, Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea for Grimeborn 2022 Festival, and joining the Glyndebourne chorus.
Her upcoming engagements include a summer tour with Rogue Opera and performing Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel at Vienna Opera Festival, as well as Violetta Valéry, La traviata and Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus.
Roles she has performed include Contessa Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro and Micaëla, Carmen for DEBUT; Governess, The Turn of the Screw for Dartington International Festival; L’Ensoleillad, Chérubin (Massenet), Fox, The Cunning Little Vixen and Erste Dame, Die Zauberflöte for Royal Academy Opera; and Bride in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera.
An exponent of contemporary music, Hazel created the role of Atalya in The Butt, adapted from the celebrated book by Will Self, at contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage Wien, Austria.
Hazel is a keen interpreter of song and is an alumna of the prestigious Franz Schubert Institut Lied programme in Austria and the Academy Song Circle.
Highlights of Hazel’s concert and oratorio experience include A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams at Dorking Halls, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder and Mozart’s Vesperae solemnes de confessore at West Road Concert Hall. Her forthcoming oratorio engagements include returning to Ashford Choral Society to perform The Creation.
Hazel also works as an actor. She made her theatre debut in 2020, touring Shakespeare plays around the UK. Before studying singing, Hazel read chemistry at Imperial College London.