British soprano Hazel Neighbour is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Nuccia Focile. Before studying singing, Hazel read chemistry at Imperial College London.
This summer, she made her role and company debut with Ensemble OrQuesta opening the Grimeborn 2022 festival performing OTTAVIA in L'incoronazione di Poppea to great critical acclaim.
Her recent operatic highlights include MIMÌ (Young Artist/cover) for Mid Wales Opera’s new production of Puccini’s La bohème, performing in the live rounds of the Salzburg Grandi Voci 2022 competition, and Glyndebourne chorus in 2021.
Other notable roles include ERSTE DAME in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, L'ENSOLEILLAD, Massenet’s Chérubin and FOX, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Royal Academy Opera; GOVERNESS in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Dartington International Festival; and BRIDE in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera.
An exponent of contemporary music, Hazel created the roles of ATALYA/NATIVE JUDGE in The Butt, adapted from the celebrated book by Will Self, at contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage Wien in 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 in Cambridge.
Hazel’s forthcoming engagements include soprano soloist in Handel's Samson with Ashford Choral and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with Woking Choral Society.
She will also be performing MARSCHALLIN, Der Rosenkavalier for Uncovered Opera Company and MICAËLA, Carmen. She looks forward to performing in the Eliminatory Rounds of the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in Madrid this November and in a Masterclass with James Black in December.