Sad death of a great British baritone

Sad death of a great British baritone


norman lebrecht

May 21, 2020

Neil Howlett, principal baritone for 17 years at English National Opera,  died this morning in Lincoln Hospital after a lengthy period of illness. He was 85.

Among his 80 roles, he sang the title role in the world premiere of David Blake’s Toussaint (1977) and was the Coliseum’s first-choice Iago and Scarpia. He sang internationally in Italy, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South America and the US.

Neil was a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and, after retiring from singing, Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.


  • Michael Turner (conductor) says:

    A fantastic voice.