Nils Neubert - Singer, Educator, and Scholar at Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music
Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and maintains careers as a performer, educator, and scholar 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. As a recitalist, he has performed nearly all of the major German song cycles and has presented programs in French, Italian, English, and Russian. As a concert soloist, he is particularly noted for his interpretations of the oratorios and cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. 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. He is a founding member of New York’s Polydora Ensemble, which specializes in 19th to 21st century repertoire for vocal quartet and piano.
Nils Neubert teaches at The Juilliard School (German Diction, Coaching Faculty), the Manhattan School of Music (German Diction, German Language, Summer English Study), and the Mannes School of Music (German Diction, German Vocal Literature). He has served as German coach at the Music Academy of the West since 2016, and joined the Glimmerglass Festival in that same capacity in 2020. He has done German and Latin language preparation for soloists, opera and choral ensembles, conductors, actors, and record producers, is a regular guest instructor for the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C., and has led master classes and workshops across the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. Previously, he served on the faculties of William Paterson University, the Kaufman Music Center, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Summit Music Festival in New York, and the Puigcerdà and Burgos International Music Festivals in Spain. He is the current vice-president of NATS-NYC and has served on the University Faculty Senate at the New School.
Recent publications include essays on language diction and interpretation in the Journal of Singing and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal. Several of his translations of musicological essays into German and English have been published by Bärenreiter, Henle, and the International Concertina Association. He has been an invited reviewer for Music Education Research and contributed to a chapter on languages and diction in The Singer’s Audition & Career Handbook (Friedlander, 2019). He has created educational sound materials as a singer and speaker for Oxford University Press (Lambert, Principles of Music, 2013), the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Washington Chorus, the University of Chicago, SingersBabel, Clickcoach, and Sommer Diction, and can also be heard on Voices in the Wilderness: Music of the Ephrata Cloister, produced and directed by Christopher Dylan Herbert (Bright Shiny Things, 2020). His dissertation on the song composer Max Kowalski (1882–1956) was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Award, and a long-form article on Kowalski’s life and works is forthcoming in the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Vol. 22.
Nils Neubert holds degrees from the Juilliard School (BM, Voice), Teachers College, Columbia University (MA, Music and Music Education), and the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA, Performance). He also trained at the Mozarteum, Bel Canto at Caramoor, the Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci, the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Harvard Extension School, and is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.