Neal Ferreira

Assistant Professor
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Praised for his rich, powerful voice and bravura-filled stage presence, Neal Ferreira is a nationally recognized lyric tenor known for his cultivated vocalism and eloquent expression. Dubbed a “Boston mainstay” by the Boston Globe, he recently appeared with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall as Tamino in The Magic Flute, and with Emmanuel Music as Macheath in Benjamin Britten’s version of The Beggar’s Opera. The tenor made his Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2022 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Ein Soldat in Wozzeck, under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons.

A much sought-after interpreter of new music, Ferreira made his European debut in the spring of 2021 as Laertes in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s Hamlet with State Opera Rousse, Bulgaria. Ferreira’s successful performance as the Visitor in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony was called “poignant” by the Wall Street Journal and “perfect” by Opera News. The tenor has also been featured on the premiere recordings of Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories (BMOP/sound), Joseph Summer’s The Tempest (Albany), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Odyssey Opera), and James MacMillan’s Clemency (BIS Records).

Career Highlights
  • Carnegie Hall debut in 2022 in Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons
  • Performed onstage with opera stars Deborah Voigt, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, J'nai Bridges, Nadine Sierra, and Kristine Opolais, among others
  • Appeared as a leading artist with companies including Florida Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, Virginia Opera, Anchorage Opera, Syracuse Opera, American Repertory Theatre, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, and Guerilla Opera
  • Student of internationally renowned tenor Frank Lopardo
  • Proficient on piano, guitar, ukulele, clarinet, and saxophone
  • Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 2021
  • Artist of the Year, Syracuse Opera, 2012–2013
  • Artist of the Year, Syracuse Opera, 2011–2012
  • Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence, Boston Lyric Opera, 2009
In Their Own Words

My goal as a voice teacher is to help my students build a strong, healthy, and functional vocal technique that will serve them in whatever capacity they choose to use their voice. For me, the studio is a 100 percent non-judgmental space, where my students can express themselves fully and work towards developing their own unique voice in a comfortable and supportive environment.

My two-plus decades experience as a professional vocalist performing and recording in traditional (opera, classical, concert, choral, religious) and non-traditional (musical theater, rock, pop, folk, jazz, a cappella) styles allow me to share with my students invaluable real-life lessons of how to use their voice to the best of their ability in a wide variety of settings.

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”