British soprano Hazel Neighbour is a graduate of the Royal Academy Opera school where she studied with Nuccia Focile and Jonathan Papp, 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.
Hazel’s most recent engagement was Glyndebourne Tour last Autumn and she is looking forward to covering the role of Mimì for Mid Wales Opera.
Hazel’s operatic engagements have included L'Ensoleillad (Chérubin), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and the Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) at RAM; the Governess (The Turn of the Screw) at Dartington International Festival, the Bride (The Vanishing Bridegroom – Judith Weir) for British Youth Opera, and the lead soprano in the Butt, adapted from the book by Will Self, at contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage in Vienna.
Hazel is also a keen interpreter of song, during the pandemic she made recordings of selected Schubert Lieder with a new English translation by Oliver Wright. She is an alumna of the prestigious Franz Schubert Institut lied programme in Austria and was a member of the Academy Song Circle.
Highlights of Hazel’s concert 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 in Cambridge.
Hazel adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and broadened her artistic horizons with several exciting projects. She made her theatre debut with a UK tour of Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare company 2m Theatre and founded an art collective through which she explored improvised performance art through collaboration with contemporary dancers.