Tenor - Voice Teacher
Neil Shicoff, internationally recognized as the pre-eminent American tenor of his generation, was born in Brooklyn and studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Jennie Tourel and, privately with his father, the celebrated Cantor Sidney Shicoff. He has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses, including many new productions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Paris Opéra, Garnier and Bastille; the Vienna Staatsoper; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Zurich Opera House; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Hamburg Staatsoper; Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; San Francisco Opera; Gran Teatre del Liceo, Barcelona; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, among others.
His orchestral appearances include the Berliner Philharmoniker with Claudio Abbado, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Leonard Bernstein, as well as collaborations with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, Franz Welser-Möst, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Marcello Viotti, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Mark Elder,Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sylvain Cambreling, among others.
Known for his intensely passionate portrayals, Neil Shicoff has appeared in notable productions by Franco Zeffirelli, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Elijah Moshinsky, Götz Friedrich, Robert Carsen, Jürgen Flimm, Willy Decker, David Pountney, Andrei Serban, Andre Konchalovsky, Pierre Audi, David Alden, Vera Nemirova, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Christine Mielitz, Sir David McVicar, Werner Schröter, Graham Vick, Lina Wertmüller, and Harold Prince, among many others.
Neil has become known as a celebrated teacher, sharing his gifts and knowledge with the next generation. He is currently a recurring guest teacher with the Bolshoi Opera of Moscow, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper and the Oper Frankfurt. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest teacher with the Merola program of the San Francisco Opera, the Mikhailovsky Theater of St. Petersburg, the Dresden Semperoper, the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Poland and the Oslo Opera.
In December 2013, a 3 week intense program called “Tenors! Tenors! Tenors!” found its beginnings in NYC under the sponsorship of the Richard Tucker Foundation. His foray into Asia with the Central Conservatory in Beijing occurred in May 2015, where he was honored with the title of Recurring Guest Professor. Other exciting teaching additions have included the 2017 & 2018 Sochi Winter Arts Festival and Academy (Russia), Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Royal Opera House and visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Juilliard School of Music. Beginning with the 2017/18 season, he became a “Voice Teacher and Master Coach” for the Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Young Artist Program and from the 2018/19 season, he, additionally, began teaching with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Since the 2019/20 season, he has been a principal guest teacher with the Mariinsky Theatre’s Atkins Young Artist Program in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He has been an adjudicator for the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Grand Prix de L’Opera in Bucharest, the Marcello Viotti Competition, the Moniuszko Competition, the 2018 Francisco Viñas Competition, the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, as well as, the prestigious 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.