Adrienne D. Neal
Soprano, Adrienne D. Neal, is among the new genre of artists from the Washington, DC area. She is the Managing Director of innovative performing ensemble, Sopranessence, formerly 7 Sopranos®. This ensemble has been featured several years in Baltimore’s ArtScape Festival and the 2011 DC Fringe Festival. The group also made its sold out debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2013. She has also delighted audiences with her appearances with the Aria Club of Greater Washington from the 2002 to the 2011 seasons including her most recent role of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In the 2005 season, Ms. Neal debuted with Bel Cantanti as the Sandman in Hänsel and Gretel. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Maryland Opera Society in their Annual Christmas Gala for the 2001 and 2002 seasons and has been presented in recital at the Charles Sumner School Museum. Through her affiliations with the Crittenden Opera Studio, she performed scenes from Don Giovanni (Zerlina), The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Sister Constance), La Rondine (Lisette), and The Old Maid and the Thief (Leticia). She is a former member of The Master Chorale of Washington (formerly The Paul Hill Chorale); she was a soloist at Luther Place Lutheran Church, Washington, DC, formerly on the musical staff of Asbury United Methodist Church of Washington, DC and is currently a soloist/cantor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Washington, DC and soloist at the Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ in Georgetown.
Ms. Neal’s vocal abilities have been recognized by a number of organizations. In 2005 she was a finalist in the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition sponsored by the Urban Philharmonic. In 1997 she won second place in the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the Century Club, in 2003 she was awarded the third place in the Gretchen M. Hood Vocal Competition, and in 2004 she was a semi-finalist in the Maryland Opera Society’s Marie Crump Vocal Competition.
A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, Ms. Neal has studied with Jane White, Dr. Kay Song, and Nelda Ormond. She is currently studying under the auspices of Shirley Taylor-Moore.