Neil came to singing later than most, and via an unusual route compared to most trained professional singers today. From age 16 to 30, he worked as a bricklayer...
At 27, he and a friend started a singing comedy duo as a hobby. After vocal problems, he sought a singing teacher. The teacher discovered a tenor voice of such fine quality that Neil was encouraged to train full time. Without any musical background or education, this presented a huge undertaking. Neil decided to train privately with Michelle Wegwart and Magdala and now, 10 years on, enjoys a successful career.
In addition to training with Michelle Wegwart, Neil also trained with Lyndon van der Pump of the Royal College of Music, London. He launched his professional career 10 years ago with the leading role in Cavalleria Rusticana/ Turridu and has since performed these roles with leading Opera companies:
- Don Jose
- The Duke of Mantua
- Count Almaviva
- Camille de Rosillon
- Peter Grimes
- Magic Flute
- Elixir of Love
- Die Fledermaus
- Barber of Seville
- La Boheme
- Madame Butterfly
- Merry Widow
- Peter Grimes
Neil’s concert platform work is extensive and has taken him to sixteen countries in Europe and 72 citiesin 26 States of the USA to date.
He has sung with the RPO, City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Opera North as a principal soloist. He also sang in an Opera Gala in the Nottingham Theatre Royal with Sir Willard White and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Oratorios have included The Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Elijah, Rossini's Petite Messe, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's C minor mass and Requiem.
'Neil Allen's sweet tenor voice was perfect for Don Jose's music in the earlier acts…with the heft for the third and fourth act finales…(his) murder scene left the Hackney Empire breathless.'
Rodney Milnes, The Times