Neil Howlett won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship while at Cambridge University and consequently studied in Vienna, Milan and Stuttgart. His successful international career includes performances for the English Opera Group with Benjamin Britten, the Royal OperaWelsh National and Scottish Operas, and English National Opera, where he was leading baritone for seventeen years. He has performed well over eighty roles, covering a wide range of repertoire; notable  examples include Scarpia. Iago, Macbeth, Boccanegra, Renato, Amfortas, Golaud, Almaviva and Jokanaan. International appearances cover Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South America and the USA, and in his concert repertoire he has sung with all the major British orchestras.

He was a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1974-1992, when he was appointed Head of Vocal Studies and later Director of Repertoire Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since 1998 he received critical acclaim for his performances as Wotan/Wanderer, and taught privately in London and Lincolnshire.


  • St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School
  • Kings College, Cambridge as Choral Scholar – MA in English, Archeology and Anthropology
  • Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship 1957
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipendium 1958
  • Private study in Vienna and Milan 1957/58
  • Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Stuttgart 1958/59 – Lieder study with Hermann Reutter