Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and appears in the United States and abroad.
Since 2011, he has been a regular soloist with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity in New York City, a weekly offering that has been presenting cantatas, oratorios, and other vocal works of Bach and his contemporaries in a liturgical context for nearly half a century.
In addition to having sung over fifty of Bach’s cantatas, he has been in increasing 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 (Oratorio Society of the Hamptons; Queens College Choral Society), as well as tenor soloist in the Easter Oratorio (Bach Vespers), Magnificat (Bach Vespers; Choral Society of the Hamptons), and the B minor Mass (Voices of Ascension; Berkshire Choral Festival; Master Singers of Westchester.)
He has been heard as tenor soloist in the oratorios of Buxtehude (Membra Jesu Nostri), Handel (The Messiah), Haydn (The Creation, Theresienmesse), Mendelssohn (Elijah, Magnificat), Monteverdi (Magnificat), Mozart (Grand Mass in C minor, Solemn Vespers), Orff (Carmina Burana) Puccini (Messa di Gloria), and Schütz (St. Matthew Passion.) 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.
Recent engagements include appearances with Trinity Wall Street, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Musica Sacra, TENET, Sonoma Bach, Berkshire Bach Society, The Diderot String Quartet, New York University Chorus, the Russian Chamber Art Society of Washington, D.C., The German Forum, Ampersand, Schubert & Co., the Brooklyn Art Song Society, Vari Musicisti, Coro Lirico, the Brooklyn New Music Collective, Rhymes with Opera, and the GC Composers Alliance.
Nils Neubert is a founding member of New York's Polydora Ensemble. The group specializes in 19th-21st century chamber repertoire for vocal quartet and piano, and they have been presented at New York's Consulate General to Germany, CUNY’s Elebash Hall, and gave the inaugural performance for Caritas Concerts, a new series of Sacred Music in A Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. He is married to pianist Yuri Kim, with whom he frequently appears in song and chamber music recitals.
In a varied operatic repertoire, Nils Neubert has sung leading and supporting roles with the Opera Company of Brooklyn (Bellini: I Puritani; Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors; Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni; Strauss: Die Fledermaus; Verdi: La Traviata), Pocket Opera New York (Handel: Serse; Mozart: Cosi fan tutte), New York Lyric Opera Theatre (Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne, Die Zauberflöte; Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Liederkranz Opera Theatre (Marschner: Der Vampyr; Straus: The Chocolate Soldier; Wagner: Das Rheingold), Geneva Light Opera (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Cutting Edge Concerts (Wiprud: My Last Duchess, world premiere), Amore Opera (Puccini: La Bohème), New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera), Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble (Donizetti: Don Pasquale; Rameau: Pigmalion), and Encompass New Opera Theater (Thomson: Four Saints in Three Acts.) He created the role of Rudi Acohen in Gerald Cohen’s opera Steal A Pencil For Me in 2013.
In 2014, he 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, Jonathan Howard Katz, Ting-Chun Lin, Hiroki Mori, Harry Stafylakis, Scott Wheeler, Theodore Wiprud, and Red Wierenga.
A frequent guest at international music festivals and concert series, Nils Neubert has appeared at the Summit Music Festival, the International Academy of Music in Italy, Puigcerda Festival, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes, 4x4 Baroque Music Festival, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Early Music Festival: NYC, Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, Burgos International Music Festival, the Locrian Chamber Players, Musica Reginae, the United Jewish Appeal, and Amnesty International.
Mr. Neubert was a First Prize winner in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and was 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.
Nils Neubert holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Columbia University, and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including a Risë Stevens Foundation Award, and a Lucrezia Bori Grant. He is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Additional studies have included an apprenticeship at Bel Canto at Caramoor, the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Festival De Musica Clasica in Puigcerda, Spain, and language studies at the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, Italy.
Also active as a teacher and diction coach, Nils Neubert serves on the faculties at William Paterson University (voice, voice pedagogy, vocal literature), and Mannes College The New School for Music (German diction). He has served as a visiting lecturer for German diction at The Juilliard School since 2013. Nils Neubert resides in New York City, and studies with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.