Baritone Neal Davies is nothing if not versatile in the roles he tackles and in this interview Neil Shestopal finds out what it is that drives him to take on such a wide diversity of roles - from serious Handel roles to light comic characters like Dulcamara.
Of all composers, the one Davies always returns to is Handel. He explains why he thinks that is, and explores the roles he could see himself tackling in the future.
The excerpt of Neal Davies singing the Messiah is conducted by Paul McCreesh and brought to you courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Gmbh. To find out more about this recording and purchase a copy, please click here to go to the Duetsche Grammphon website.
If you'd like to read more about Neal Davies' career, please go to his agent Askonas Holt's webpage by clicking here.
In addition, at the end of the podcast two excerpts from Handel's opera Rinaldo have been included. Recorded on the Naxos label, they are conducted by Kevin Mallon and star Laura Whalen and Sean Watson. To find out more about this opera, this particular recording and how to purchase it, please click here.
Examples of Neal Davies in performance can also be found on YouTube. The first shows Davies' performance in the Mikado in Arizona that he mentions in our interview. Click here to go through to the relevant YouTube page. Then there are three excerpts from Handel's Oratorio 'Samson'. The first is Neal singing 'How willing my paternal love'. Click here to see the excerpt. And here is another excerpt from the same Oratorio entitled 'Thy Glorious Deeds'. And finally, click here to see Neal sing 'Just are the ways of God'.
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