RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
- Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, at the Estonian National Opera;
- John Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, at the Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires;
- Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Léandre in Prokofiev's L'Amour des Trois Oranges, at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo;
- Michele in Puccini's Il Tabarro, at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.
Born in Brasilia, renowned Brazilian baritone Leonardo Neiva is known for his theatrical aplomb and vocal versatility. He started his professional career at 23 years old, singing Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Since then, he has been invited by theatres in Brazil and abroad.
In 2009, he received the 12th Carlos Gomes Award as Best Male Brazilian Singer for his performances as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as well as Kullervo (Sibelius).
Neiva was highly praised by critics for his performance as Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). He also achieved great success singing again Figaro with the Cia. Brasileira de Ópera, and at the 15th Amazonas Opera Festival, when he took part in the production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde as Kurwenal.
Outside Brazil, he debuted at the Ópera Nacional de Chile, in the role of Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Since then, he is regularly invited at this same theatre, where he could perform Nilakantha in Delibes’ Lakmé, Ein Musiklehrer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Athanaël in Massenet’s Thaïs, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mr. Redburn in Britten’s Billy Budd. In Portugal, Neiva performed the baritone part in Carmina Burana at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos de Lisboa. At the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Brazilian baritone sang Cecco del Vecchio in Wagner’s Rienzi (recorded in DVD by the label Opus Arte), Jacopo Loredano in Verdi’s I Due Foscari and Tom/Conte Horn in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. In Estonia, he sang Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, at the Estonian National Opera Tallin. He also sang John Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul, at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and Teatro Solis de Montevideo. Neiva has also performed in recitals and concerts in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Colombia and the USA.
Leonardo Neiva has a vast repertoire, including roles such as Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the title role in Philip Glass’ Orphée, at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro; Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Gunther in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Dr. Falke in Strauss II’ Die Fledermaus, Il Marito in Menotti’s Amelia al Ballo and Cambro in Carlos Gomes’ Fosca, at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo; the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at the Theatro São Pedro, São Paulo; Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor and Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale, from Gaetano Donizetti, at the Teatro Nacional de Brasilia, among others. At the Amazonas Opera Festival, he interpreted the roles of Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Albert in Massenet’s Werther, The Ringmaster in Roger Waters’ Ça Ira and Kurwenal in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
Alongside his recording of Rienzi in Toulouse, Lenoardo Neiva has also recorded the Villa-Lobos’ 10th Symphony “Ameríndia” with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2022-23 season, Leonardo Neiva will be member of the ensemble of Estonian National Opera Tallin, where he will sing the roles of Dottore Malatesta, Giorgio Germont, Giacomo in Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco, Telramund in Wagner’s Lohengrin, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Capulett in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, from Claude Debussy.