Biography

nils_color_headshotTenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and appears in the United States and abroad.

Recent engagements include appearances with the American Classical Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach Vespers, TENET, Voices of Ascension, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Sonoma Bach, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Academy of Sacred Drama, Musical Oratory, the Vocal Arts Series at Opera Grand Rapids, Polydora Ensemble, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Russian Chamber Art Society, The German Forum, Diderot String Quartet, The Colonials, 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. He has also appeared 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, and the Queens College Choral Society.

In addition to having sung over sixty of Bach’s cantatas, Nils Neubert 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 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 (Voices of Ascension; Berkshire Choral Festival; Master Singers of Westchester.) He has also been heard as tenor soloist in the oratorios of Buxtehude (Membra Jesu Nostri), Handel (The Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus), Haydn (The Creation, Theresienmesse, Cäcilienmesse, Nelsonmesse), Michael Haydn (Requiem), Mendelssohn (Elijah, Magnificat, Psalm 95), Monteverdi (Magnificat), Mozart (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)), 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.

As a recitalist, he has sung nearly all of the major German song cycles, and has presented programs in French, Italian, English, and Russian. He frequently appears in concert together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim.

Nils Neubert’s varied operatic repertoire includes principal and supporting roles with the Opera Company of Brooklyn (Bellini: I puritani (Bruno); Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar); Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio); Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Alfred); Verdi: La traviata (Gastone)), Pocket Opera New York (Handel: Serse (Arsamene); Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)), New York Lyric Opera Theatre (Mozart: Bastien und Bastienne (Bastien), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino); Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Alfred)), Liederkranz Opera Theatre (Marschner: Der Vampyr (Georg); Straus: The Chocolate Soldier (Alexius); Wagner: Das Rheingold (Mime)), Geneva Light Opera (Rossini: La cenerentola (Ramiro)), Cutting Edge Concerts (Wiprud: My Last Duchess (Francesco), world premiere), Amore Opera (Puccini: La bohème (Parpignol), New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Un giudice)), Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble (Donizetti: Don Pasquale (Ernesto); Rameau: Pigmalion (Pigmalion)), and Encompass New Opera Theater (Thomson: Four Saints in Three Acts (Sts. Chavez and Stephen)) He created the role of Rudi Acohen in Gerald Cohen’s opera Steal A Pencil For Me in 2013.

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, Reiko Fueting, Michael Grossmann, Jonathan Howard Katz, Ting-Chun Lin, Chris Malloy, Hiroki Mori, Harry Stafylakis, Scott Wheeler, Theodore Wiprud, and Red Wierenga.

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. They have been presented by 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, a new series of Sacred Music in A Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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, 4×4 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.

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.

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, 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 the resident German coach at the Music Academy of the West. He has presented workshops and masterclasses for Opera Grand Rapids, Boston Conservatory, and the Universities of Chicago and Southern Maine. He has also served on the faculties at William Paterson University, Kaufman Music Center, and the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Nils Neubert resides in New York City, and studies with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.