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Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and maintains active performing and teaching careers in the United States and abroad.
He has appeared with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Princeton Pro Musica, Bach Vespers, TENET, Voices of Ascension, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Sonoma Bach, Capella Romana, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Academy of Sacred Drama, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Music Before 1800, Musical Oratory, Opera Grand Rapids, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Russian Chamber Art Society, The German Forum, Diderot String Quartet, di.vi.sion, The Colonials, the Danbury Concert Chorus and Orchestra, The Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, Master Singers of Westchester, Hudson Chorale, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Ampersand, Vari Musicisti, Coro Lirico, Barnard-Columbia Chorus, the Brooklyn New Music Collective, Rhymes with Opera, the GC Composers Alliance, and The James Joyce Society. Other past engagements include appearances with Trinity Wall Street, Musica Sacra, Sinfonia New York, Berkshire Choral Festival, Berkshire Bach Society, Schubert & Co., New York University Chorus, the Park Slope Singers, the Queens College Choral Society, the Locrian Chamber Players, Musica Reginae, Alfred Schnittke Akademie International, the United Jewish Appeal, and Amnesty International.
In addition to having sung more than eighty of Bach’s cantatas, Nils Neubert is also in demand as a soloist in Bach’s large-scale oratorios, most recently as the Evangelist in the St. John Passion (Portland Baroque Orchestra), the St. Matthew Passion (Barnard-Columbia Chorus), and the Christmas Oratorio (Portland Baroque Orchestra; Oratorio Society of the Hamptons; Queens College Choral Society), as well as tenor soloist in the St. John Passion (Sonoma Bach), Easter Oratorio (Bach Vespers), Magnificat (Bach Vespers; Fairfield County Chorale; Choral Society of the Hamptons), and the B Minor Mass (Portland Baroque Orchestra; Voices of Ascension; Berkshire Choral Festival; Master Singers of Westchester.) He has also been heard as a soloist in the works of C.P.E Bach (Magnificat), Buxtehude (Membra Jesu Nostri), Handel (The Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus), Haydn (The Creation, The Seasons, Theresienmesse, Cäcilienmesse, Nelsonmesse), Michael Haydn (Requiem), Mendelssohn (Elijah, Magnificat, Psalm 95), Monteverdi (Magnificat), Mozart (Requiem, Grand Mass in C Minor, Solemn Vespers), Orff (Carmina Burana) Puccini (Messa di Gloria), Respighi (Lauda per la natività del Signore) Schütz (St. Matthew Passion (Evangelist), Die Sieben Worte (Jesus)), Scarlatti (La Giuditta), and Stradella (La Susanna). On New Year’s Eve of 2014, he was the tenor soloist in the North American premiere of Heinichen’s Magnificat in F, with Bach Vespers as part of Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival, and he sang the role of the narrator (Testo) in the modern-day world premiere of Domenico Freschi’s 1705 oratorio Giuditta with the Academy of Sacred Drama in 2017.
As a recitalist, he has sung nearly all of the major German song cycles, and has performed in a wide range of other languages, including full programs in French, Italian, English, and Russian. He frequently appears in concert together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim.
Nils Neubert has appeared in principal and supporting roles in operas including Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Bastien und Bastienne (Bastien), Don Pasquale (Ernesto), La cenerentola (Ramiro), Pigmalion (Pigmalion), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), The Chocolate Soldier (Alexius), Four Saints in Three Acts (Sts. Chavez and Stephen), Das Rheingold (Mime), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar), Serse (Arsamene), Der Vampyr (Georg), My Last Duchess (Francesco, world premiere), and Steal A Pencil For Me (Rudi, world premiere), with such companies as Geneva Light Opera, Pocket Opera New York, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Encompass New Opera Theater, Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Amore Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Cutting Edge Concerts.
In 2014, Nils Neubert gave the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Sentimental Songs, Op. 89, under the auspices of the Brooklyn Art Song Society. He also gave the U.S. premiere of Roger Steptoe’s Five Shakespeare Songs, together with the composer, under the auspices of the American Landmark Festivals in 2012. Other world- and American premieres, as well as collaborations with composers, include works by Jon Andrews, Gavin Bryars, Gerald Cohen, Robert Cuckson, Reiko Füting, Michael Grossmann, Jonathan Howard Katz, Ting-Chun Lin, Chris Malloy, Hiroki Mori, John Musto, Harry Stafylakis, Scott Wheeler, Theodore Wiprud, and Red Wierenga.
Nils Neubert is a founding member of New York’s Polydora Ensemble, who specialize in 19th-21st century chamber repertoire for vocal quartet and piano. They have been presented by Opera Grand Rapids, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, at New York’s Consulate General to Germany and CUNY’s Elebash Hall, and gave the inaugural performance for Caritas Concerts, an initiative of Sacred Music in A Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Polydora Ensemble premiered the quartet version of Scott Wheeler’s New Love Song Waltzes in 2015.
A frequent guest at international music festivals, Nils Neubert has appeared at the Summit Music Festival, the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes, 4×4 Baroque Music Festival, Early Music Festival: NYC, Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, and the Puigcerda and Burgos International Music Festivals in Spain.
Nils Neubert was a First Prize winner in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and a winner in the 2009 Friday Woodmere Competition. He was also a grant recipient in the 2010 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and has been a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, the Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, and the American Prize.
He holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM, Voice), Teachers College, Columbia University (MA, Music and Music Education), and a doctorate (DMA, Music Performance) from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including a Risë Stevens Foundation Award, and a Lucrezia Bori Grant. Additional studies have included an apprenticeship at Bel Canto at Caramoor, masterclasses at the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and language studies at the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy. He is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Nils Neubert teaches German diction at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes School of Music, and serves as language coach at the Music Academy of the West. He has presented workshops and masterclasses for Opera Grand Rapids, Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Boston Conservatory, the Universities of Chicago and Southern Maine, William Paterson University, and the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of NATS-NYC and the University Faculty Senate at The New School, and has previously served on the faculties at William Paterson University, Kaufman Music Center, and the Music Conservatory of Westchester.
Nils has done German and Latin language preparation for soloists, opera ensembles, choirs, conductors, and record producers. His translations of musicological essays have been published by Henle, Bärenreiter, and the International Concertina Association. He has also been an invited reviewer for Music Education Research, and his own writings have been published in the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal, among others. His dissertation on the song composer Max Kowalski was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Award. He has also created educational sound materials as a singer and speaker for Oxford University Press, the Berkshire Choral Festival, SingersBabel, and Sommer Diction.
In addition to maintaining a private coaching studio in Manhattan, he coaches remotely via ToneRow.com
Nils Neubert resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim, and is a student of Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.