Recent graduate of Royal Academy Opera, British-Irish soprano Hazel Neighbour is delighted to be making her role and company with Ensemble OrQuesta opening the Grimeborn 2022 festival. Her recent operatic highlights include Mimì (Young Artist/cover) for Mid Wales Opera’s new production of 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 the Fox, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Royal Academy Opera; The Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Dartington International Festival; and The Bride in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera. Also, an exponent of contemporary music, Hazel created the roles of Atalya and Native Judge in The Butt, adapted from the celebrated book by Will Self, at contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage in Vienna.
Upcoming engagements include her role debut of Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus for Weimar Lyric Opera and soprano soloist in Handel's Samson with Ashford Choral and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Woking Choral Society.