Limerick-born bass-baritone Kevin Neville began his training with Olive Cowpar. He completed his BA (Hons) in Music and English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and his MMus with First Class Honours under the tutelage of Emmanuel Lawler at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has won numerous competitions at Feis Ceoil Dublin, Sligo Feis Ceoil, Féile Luimní (Limerick), Feis Maitiú (Cork) and Birr Festival of Music & Voice.
He made his Irish National Opera debut as Schlemihl in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in September 2018. Among the principal roles he sang as a student were Pirate King in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Mr Gobbineau in Menotti’s The Medium, Landy Worker in Andrew Synnott’s Breakdown, the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro, Sprecher, Erster Priester and Zweiter Geharnischter Mann in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Regent in Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen.
He understudied Don Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for Wide Open Opera, Benoit in Puccini’s La bohème for Opera Theatre Company and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Northern Ireland Opera. Most recently he completed the NI Opera Studio programme touring three productions in Northern Ireland and he has also performed oratorio in venues around Ireland.