Neal D. Long, tenor, recently completed his Master's Degree in Voice at the University of Kansas and continues graduate studies under the direction of Dr. Genaro Méndez. Originally from Nevada, Neal is now based in the greater Kansas City area. At the University of Kansas, Neal sang the roles of Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, and the title role in Bernstein's Candide. With Lawrence Opera Theatre, he sang the roles of Gastone in La Traviata and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. A 2019 Emerging Artist at Opera in the Ozarks, Neal sang the roles of Laurie in Adamo's Little Women and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. For his portrayal of Laurie, Neal received the company award for Best Performance by a Male in Leading Role. With Landlocked Opera, Neal sang the role of the Defendant in Trial by Jury, Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, and will return in Fall 2020 to sing Jasper in Hans Bridger Heruth's A Certain Madness. In 2020, Neal made his debut with Heartland Opera Theatre singing Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi. Additional roles performed include King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Donald in Gallantry. Neal's concert credits include the tenor solos in Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah.
A new music enthusiast and champion, Neal has premiered works by several composers. He sang the Voice of the Architect in Forrest Pierce's Resonant Vessels, a multi-location work celebrating architecture and place commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS and The Burning Harp, an epic song-cycle also composed by Pierce. As co-founder and executive director of The Meadowlark Project, a vocal ensemble dedicated to contemporary works, Neal toured the Midwest with their recital program entitled Sounds of the Plains. The recital featured new art songs by Kansas-based composers using the texts of Kansas-based poets. Their current recital series, entitled Changing the Tides, features works mostly by female composers and poets on topics of womanhood, mortality, and progress. In 2020, The Meadowlark Project will premiere their first commissioned work by composer Allison McIntosh. Audience members have described The Meadowlark Project as "powerful over a very wide landscape of emotions, places, memories, states of being," "breathtakingly beautiful," and "musically explosive."
In addition to his work as a singer, Neal is active as a music director, pianist, and vocal coach. In this capacity, recent productions include Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Hand of Bridge, Don Giovanni, Gallantry, Newsies, Tarzan, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma, Chess, and a pilot production of Disney's Descendants. Neal is a GTA at the University of Kansas and maintains a private voice and coaching studio.