Neal Davies studied at King's College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, Cleveland and Philharmonia orchestras under Christoph van Dohn6nyi, Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Frans Bruggen, English Concert with Harry Bicket, Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh, Halle Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, Concerto Koeln under Ivor Bolton, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Adam Fischer, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin with David Zinman, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis, and the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras under Daniel Harding. He has been a regular guest of the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms.
Plans for 21/22 include a return to English National Opera as Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte, Tiridate Radamisto with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and a recording of Utopia Ltd for Scottish Opera. On the concert platform Neal sings Ariodate/ Sersewith the English Concert in Carengie Hall New York, London, Madrid and Pamploma; The Creation with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Mozart Requiem in Tokyo cond. Jonathan Nott and The Messiah with Les Violons du Roy cond. Jonathan Cohen; Christmas Oratorio with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Stephen Layton and a European concert tour of Israel in Egypt with the Freiburger Barockorchester cond. Rene Jacobs.
Recent concert appearances have included Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic, Va lens Theodora with Arcangelo at the Wiener Konzerthaus, The Seasons with the Moscow State Philharmonic Society cond. Maxim Emelyanychev, a tour of Beethoven 9with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, the Edinburgh Festival with Edward Gardner (Creation) and BBC Proms (Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem), with David Afkham and the Spanish National Orchestra, and with Maxime Pascal conducting the Halle Orchestra, Les violons du Roy and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Jonathan Cohen), the Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (Bernard Labadie).
Operatic appearances have included: King Arthurfor the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Major General Stanley The Pirates of Penzance and Ko-Ko The Mikado for the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Giulio Cesare, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Alaska Wolf Joe The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonnyfor the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; L 'Allegro, Zebu I Jephtha, Publio La clemenza di Tito, Ariodates Xerxes, Kolenaty The Makropoulos Case and a new commission by Ryan Wigglesworth, A Winter's Tale, for English National Opera; Radamistofor Opera de Marseille; Leporello Don Giovannifor Scottish Opera and Opera de Montreal; Curlew Riverfor the Edinburgh Festival; Guglielmo and Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte, Papageno Die Zauberf/6te, Leporello, Dulcamara L 'elisir d'amore, Zebu I and Sharpless Madame Butterflyfor the Welsh National Opera; Agrippina for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. With William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Neal has sung in Theodora (Paris and Salzburg) and in the Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Charpentier's David et Jonathas (Aix, Edinburgh and New York), which is available on DVD. He sang Traveler in the Barbican Centre production of Curlew River, which toured to New York's Lincoln Center, and Alaska Wolf Joe for the Opera di Roma.
His wide discography includes the highly acclaimed Songs of Travel with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, // Ritorno di Tobia with the Mozarteum Orchestra Slazburg cond. Ivor Bolton, Acis and Galatea under Christian Curnyn (BBC Music Magazine Award, 2019) Messiah, Theodora, Sau/and Creation (Gramophone Award, 2008) under McCreesh, Jenufa and Makropu/os Case under Sir Charles Mackerras, Barber's Vanessa under Leonard Slatkin, Messiah under Rene Jacobs, the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson, and Britten's Billy Buddwith Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010).