William Neely

                                          singer, performer, teacher


performance photos



Opera / Musical theatre work

Captain Lutte           Bitter Sweet (Noel Coward)           Lamplighters, 2009

Voltaire / Pangloss    Candide (Bernstein)                      Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2009

Don Alfonso            Cosi fan tutte                                  Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2008

Pasha Selim              Abduction from the Seraglio         Midsummer Mozart Festival (George Cleve, cond., 2008)

John Sorel                The Consul (Menotti)                     Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2007

Don Quixote            Man of La Mancha (Leigh)             Santa Rosa Players, 2007

Alfio                        Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)     Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2007

Danilo                     The Merry Widow (Lehar)                Lamplighters, 2007

Jack Rance               Girl of the Golden West (Puccini)  Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2006

Sweeney Todd          Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)           North Bay Op / Solano Coll (George Maguire), 2006

Tonio                      Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)                    Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2006

Dr. Falke                 die Fledermaus (J Strauss)             North Bay Opera, 2004

Cartwright               The Wedding (Janice Wilson)        Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2003

Forester                   Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek)      Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2003

Don Giovanni          Don Giovanni (Mozart)                   Bay Area Choral Harmonies 2003

Baron Scarpia          Tosca (Puccini)                             North Bay Opera, 2003

Rambaldo                La Rondine (Puccini)                    Pocket Opera, 2003 

4 Villains                 Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)      North Bay Opera, 2002

Emperor                  The Nightingale (Stravinsky)         Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2002

Carl-Magnus            A Little Night Music(Sondheim)   Lamplighters, 2002

Fred / Petruchio       Kiss Me, Kate (Porter)                  Piedmont Light Opera Theatre, 2001

Taddeo                    Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini)       Pocket Opera, 2001

Don Giovanni          Don Giovanni (Mozart)                 Livermore Valley Opera, 2000 

Ford                       Falstaff (Verdi)                                Cinnabar Opera, 2000 

Don Alfonso            Così fan tutte (Mozart)                 West Bay Opera, 2000; Cinnabar Opera, 2008

Un Passager             60th Parallel (Manoury)              Berkeley Symphony, Kent Nagano, cond., 2000

Baritone soloist         Mass (Bernstein) (fully staged)  Cabrillo Festival, Marin Alsop, cond., 1999  

Dr. Bartolo              Barber of Seville (Rossini)            Cinnabar Opera Theater, 1999

Treasurer                 Un giorno di regno (Verdi)            Pocket Opera, 1999

Sharpless                  Madama Butterfly (Puccini)        West Bay Opera, 1999  

Phantom                  Phantom (Yeston / Kopit)             Peninsula Civic Light Opera, 1998

Count                     Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)           Cinnabar Opera Theater, 1998

Escamillo                 Carmen (Bizet)                             San Francisco Lyric Opera, 1998

Germont                  La Traviata (Verdi)                        San Francisco Lyric Opera, 1998

Albert                      Werther (Massenet)                      San Francisco Lyric Opera, 1998 

Father / Jailer         Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) Berkeley Opera, Jonathan Kuhner, cond., 1998

Dr. Malatesta           Don Pasquale (Donizetti)               West Bay Opera, 1997

Francis Chesney     Where's Charley? (Loesser)           Lamplighters, 1988, 1997

Baron Scarpia           Tosca (Puccini)                            West Bay Opera, 1997

Papageno                 Magic Flute (Mozart)                    Berkeley Opera cond. by George Cleve, 1996 

Dr. Falke                 Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss)           Berkeley Opera, 1996 (as Bat Out of Hell)

Schaunard                La Bohème (Puccini)                    West Bay Opera, 1995

Dr. Falke                 Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss)           West Bay Opera, 1993

Blazes                      The Lighthouse (Maxwell Davies) Berkeley Contemporary Opera, 1992

The Traveler(7 Roles)Death in Venice (Britten)               Berkeley Contemporary Opera, 1991

Apollo                     Egisto (Cavalli)                                ensemblecond. by Kent Nagano, 1980

Melchior                 Amahl / Night Visitors (Menotti)      Sonoma City Opera, 2001 

Sprecher                Magic Flute (Mozart)                       Oakland Opera, cond. by Monroe Kanouse, 1986    


San Francisco Opera Chorus work

Member ofExtra Chorus ofSan Francisco Opera since 2002, performing in: 

Messaien        St. François de Asis, 2002

Verdi               Otello, 2002

Leoncavallo    I Pagliacci, 2003

Mascagni        Cavalleria Rusticana, 2003

Britten            Billy Budd (including principal cover), 2004

Wagner          Der Fliegender Holländer, 2004

Verdi              La Forza del destino, 2005

Wagner         Tannhäuser, Fall 2007

Verdi             Aida, Fall 2010

Wagner         Götterdämmerung, Spring 2011

Puccini          Turandot, Fall 2011



Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire (performed with Lamplighters)

Pirates of Penzance          Sergeant of Police, 1983

                                          Pirate King, 1987, 1991, 1995

The Gondoliers                 Giuseppe, 1988

                                          Luis, 1993

HMS Pinafore                   Captain Corcoran, 1989, 2004

Iolanthe                             Pvt. Willis, 1980

                                          Lord Mountararat, 1984, 1988

                                          Strephon, 1992

Patience                             Grosvenor, 1990, 1995

Princess Ida                        King Hildebrand, 1989, 1994, 1992

Ruddygore                         Sir Despard, 1987, 1991

                                          Sir Roderic, 1982, 2000

The Sorcerer                      Sir Marmaduke, 1985

                                          Dr. Daly, 1996 

The Yeomen of the Guard Lt. Cholmondeley, 1981, 1986

                                          Sgt. Meryll, 1992, 1995, 2005


Oratorio and Concert Work Baritone / Bass soloist

Handel    Israel in Egypt, San Francisco Choral Society, Robert Geary, cond., 2012

Brahms    Requiem (Stockton Chorale, Milton Williams, Cond.), 2000

Bernstein Mass (Cabrillo Festival, Marin Alsop, cond.), 1999

Clark       Requiem for Lost Children (San Jose Symphonic Choir, Leroy Kromm), 2000

Bach        St. Matthew Passion (Pilate) (San Francisco Bach Choir, David Babbitt, cond.), 1999

Haydn    The Creation (both Raphael and Adam) (Valley Choral Society, Philip Manwel), 1994

Mozart    Magic Flute excerpts (Midsummer Mozart Festival Orch., George Cleve), 1996

Mozart     Requiem (Sonoma State Univ., Robert Worth) 2002

Pfitzner    Palestrina (Berkeley symphony, Kent Nagano), 1982

Bach        Mass in B minor (Bay Area Lutheran Chorale, David Babbitt) 1979


Guest soloist, Contra Costa Symphony Orchestra, 2001

American Operetta program with Lamplighters orchestra, Monroe Kanouse, cond., 2000 

former Member ofSan Francisco Lyric Quartet (accompanied vocal quartet repertoire)

Duoconcerts on cruise ship S.S. Universe, 1991, 1993

Currently Baritone soloist, St. Luke’s Church, San Francisco, 1999-present 

Baritone soloist, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, San Mateo, 1991-95


Outreach (School shows)

30-40 minute versions of operas performed in schools throughout the Bay Area from San Jose to Ukiah.

25 performances of Daughter of the RegimentSan Francisco Opera Guild à la Carte program, Fall 2001.

17 perfornances of Barab’s Chanticleer. Cinnabar Opera Theater, 2001.

30 plus perfornances of Elixir of Love. San Francisco Opera Guild à la Carte program, 2000. 

34 performances of The Magic Flute. West Bay Opera'sOpera in the Schools, 1999-2000.

29 performances of La Bohème. San Francisco Opera Guild à la Carte program.  1999.

30 performances ofCarmen. San Francisco Opera Guild à la Carte program,  1996. 

58 performances of Barber of Seville.West Bay Opera'sOpera in the Schools, 1997-98.  

20 performances of The Brementown Musicians.Cinnabar Opera Theater, 1998. 

(based on Grimms' tale by Doug Bowes and Marcy Telles.) 

28 performances of original show The World of OperaWest Bay Opera'sOpera in the Schools, 1998-99.  


Education and Academics

Faculty member (Instructor of Applied Voice and Classical Music Appreciation), Santa Rosa Junior College since 1999

Formerly faculty, Napa Valley College, 1998-2000


B Music: University of Massachusetts, Amherst,  (emphasis in early music)

Special project: Monteverdi: Orfeo, partial performance and paper (Honors Thesis)

M Music: University of Colorado, Boulder (emphasis in performance)


Current study with Pamela Hicks

Former study with Donald Stenberg, Oren Brown, Rodney Gisick, John d’Armand, Susan Nance, James Nance

Oren Brown Voice Seminars, Amherst College, 1974; Holy Names College, 2003

Burton Coffin pedagogy classes, 1975-77

Susan Nance Voice Seminar

Boris Goldovsky Opera Workshop, 1983


Radio / Television / recordings

LamplightersGilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury,  KQED Television production, 1981 

Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano, cond.) Pfitzner: Palestrina,  KKHI radio broadcast, 1982

Lamplighters CD“I Have a Song To Sing-O”, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, 1996

Lamplighters CD, “Princess Ida, ” 2013 (reviewed in Opera News)