Recent performances include Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Tri-Cities Opera, Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching's Buoso's Ghost in a production at Lake George Opera conducted by Mr. Ching, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Baltimore's Opera Vivente, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore with Syracuse Opera, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöaut;te and Colline in La Bohéme with Tri-Cities Opera. Recent oratorio performance include the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Schubert's Mass in A Flat Major, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
An avid supporter and performer of contemporary music, Neal commissioned Lowell Liebermann's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening: Six Songs on Poems By Robert Frost and Robert Paterson's Winter Songs, and gave their world premieres in April 2008. Both of these works were featured again in the Society for New Music's Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival in July of 2008 in a performance that was broadcast on WCNY Radio's "Fresh Ink." Mr. Neal sang the New York premiere of the Paterson work at the TheTimesCenter with the American Modern Ensemble in January 2009. Other world premieres have included John Krumich's Yonder Mountain with the Opera Company of Northern Virginia, and songs written for him by composers Mark Weiser and Christopher Morgan Loy. He has also been a frequent featured singer in Opera Cowpokes, a unique crossover blend of opera and western songs created by baritone Steven Stull.
David Neal is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department at SUNY Cortland, and is also the Artistic Director and Founder of The Arts at Grace, a concert series devoted to providing access to professional concerts to a broad spectrum of the community. www.davidnealbassbaritone.com