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Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and maintains careers as a performer, coach, educator, scholar, and administrator in the United States and abroad. He is a sought-after interpreter of song, oratorio, opera, and chamber music, and has appeared as a soloist and small ensemble singer throughout North America and Europe.

Particularly noted for his interpretations of the cantatas and oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as concert works by Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, he has appeared with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Wall Street, American Classical Orchestra, Musica Sacra, Bach Vespers, TENET Vocal Artists, 4×4 Baroque Music Festival, Early Music Festival: NYC, Voices of Ascension, Berkshire Choral Festival, Princeton Pro Musica, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Sonoma Bach, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Circa 1600, The Whole Noyse, Cappella Romana, Berkshire Bach Society, Academy of Sacred Drama, Ampersand, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Music Before 1800, Musical Oratory, Wordless Music Orchestra, Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, Master Singers of Westchester, Hudson Chorale, Choral Society of the Hamptons, Barnard-Columbia Chorus, New York University Chorus, Park Slope Singers, Queens College Choral Society, and Coro Lirico NJ.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, his repertoire encompasses many of the major German song cycles, as well as programs in French, Italian, English, and Russian. He has appeared with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, Opera Grand Rapids, Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Russian Chamber Art Society, The German Forum, American Landmarks Festivals, Diderot String Quartet,, The Colonials, Schubert & Co., Musica Reginae, Alfred Schnittke Akademie International, the United Jewish Appeal, and Amnesty International, and at number of noted national and international music festivals including the Summit Music Festival, Beethoven Institute at Mannes, Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival, Alberta Chamberfest, International Academy of Music (Italy), and Puigcerdà and Burgos International Music Festivals (Spain). He is a founding member of New York’s Polydora Ensemble, which specializes in 19th to 21st century repertoire for vocal quartet and piano.

His operatic repertoire ranges from principal tenor roles of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti to well- and lesser- known works of the Baroque; from operetta to modern and contemporary works, some of which he premiered, with such organizations as Geneva Light Opera, Pocket Opera New York, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Encompass New Opera Theater, Sinfonia New York, Underworld Productions, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, Amore Opera, Vari Musicisti, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Cutting Edge Concerts.

Nils Neubert has sung several world- and American premieres by, and/or collaborated with, composers including Jon Andrews, Gavin Bryars, Justine F. Chen, Gerald Cohen, Robert Cuckson, Reiko Füting, Michael Grossmann, Jonathan Howard Katz, Lowell Liebermann, Ting-Chun Lin, Chris Malloy, Hiroki Mori, John Musto, Harry Stafylakis, Roger Steptoe, Scott Wheeler, Red Wierenga, and Theodore Wiprud, and with such organizations as the Locrian Chamber Players, Brooklyn New Music Collective, Rhymes with Opera, GC Composers Alliance, and The James Joyce Society, NY.

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 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 teaches German diction and repertoire at the Manhattan School of Music (since 2015) and The Juilliard School (since 2013) and has served frequently as language coach at the Music Academy of the West since 2016. He joined the Glimmerglass Festival and the Wolf Trap Opera Company in that same capacity during 2020 and 2022, respectively, as well as the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2022, where he also began teaching for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 2023. Previously, he taught at the Mannes School of Music (2014–2022), William Paterson University (2010– 2016), Kaufman Music Center, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and the Potomac Vocal Institute. He has done German and Latin language preparation for soloists, opera and choral ensembles, conductors, actors, and record producers/engineers, and has led master classes, workshops, and residencies across the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. In 2023, he helped prepare performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Musica Sacra and the New York Philharmonic.

Publications as author or contributor include chapters, articles, translations, reviews, liner notes, and educational sound materials in the fields of musicology, music education, language diction, voice pedagogy, musical performance/interpretation/analysis, and exile studies with Bärenreiter, Brill, Henle, Nimbus Records, Oxford University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, the Journal of Singing, the Papers of the International Concertina Association, Music Education Research, and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal. His dissertation on the song composer Max Kowalski (1882–1956) was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Award. He can be heard on Voices in the Wilderness: Music of the Ephrata Cloister (Christopher Dylan Herbert [dir./prod.], Bright Shiny Things, 2020).

As of the 2023–24 academic year, Nils Neubert holds a full-time appointment in Vocal Arts at the Manhattan School of Music. He is also the current president of NATS-NYC (2022–2024) and has served on the University Faculty Senate at the New School (2017–2020).

Nils Neubert holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM), Teachers College, Columbia University (MA), and the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA). He also trained at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum, Bel Canto at Caramoor, the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, the FernUniversität Hagen, and the Harvard Extension School, and is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is a student of Dr. Robert C. White, Jr., and resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim.