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Neil Baker

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Neil Baker studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where he was the recipient of all the major song prizes. Neil continued his studies in London at the Royal College of Music, and later in Amsterdam with Margreet Honig.

Performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium at St John’s Smith Square, Mozart’s Requiem in Portugal with Jaap ter Linden, and a recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.  Neil has sung Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre at the Barbican, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, in Brussels, Grenoble and at the Salzburg Festival, also recently released on the Naive label.

As an interpreter of contemporary music Neil has worked with Hans Werner Henze when he sang the role of the Father in his opera Pollicino, and with Nicola LeFanu, singing the role of Guy in her opera The Green Children.

Neil’s other operatic roles include Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Neil sang the role of Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo and the role of Melisso in Handel’s Alcina for English Touring Opera’s Handelfest in Autumn 2009.

In January Neil gave a recital of baroque arias and duets at Handel House in London; Neil is a popular soloist with choral societies all over the UK and concerts currently include Bach’s St John Passion in Milton Keynes, Jenkins and Rutter in Peterborough Cathedral, Creation in Scunthorpe, Messiah in Ledbury and Mozart’s C minor Mass with Leeds Festival Chorus.

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