Born in Budapest, Hungary, baritone ALBERT NIEDEL is an American citizen who specializes in the great lyric-dramatic roles of Verdi and other composers. Top 4 Finalist of The American Prize in 2019, and Second Prize Winner of the 2018 Inese Galante International Voice Competition in Latvia, Mr. Niedel also received top honors in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Advanced College Division (which consisted of participants from Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania) as well as the Baltimore Music Club, in the Professional Vocal category. This season he portrays Baron Douphol in La Traviata with Aria Club of Greater Washington, DC, High Priest of Dagon in Samson et Dalila with Opus Concert Theatre in Maryland, and performs as guest soloist with the January Music Nights Festival Orchestra in Brest, Belarus. Mr. Niedel recently sang the role of Maciej in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor with Cleveland Opera, and was selected as a finalist in both Opera Ithaca’s Edward M. Murray Vocal Competition in New York and the Anton Rubinstein International Vocal Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.
This versatile and powerful artist has served as a cantor for Jewish congregations and as a featured artist with numerous opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Mr. Niedel was personally invited by renowned soprano Montserrat Caballé to participate in her master class and Opera Gala concert in Zaragoza, Spain. He has also sung in master classes of other internationally acclaimed singers, including Simon Estes, Sylvia Sass and Wei Song. In addition, Mr. Niedel has worked with noted conductors and singers such as Christian Badea, Michel Plasson, Inessa Galante, Jason Stearns and Lois Alba.
Mr. Niedel has been a featured artist at the French and German embassies and performed a solo operatic recital at the State Department in Washington, DC. He was among selected guests to perform at the house of the President of Israel, the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of Long Island, among others. His many portrayals include the title roles of Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin and Gianni Schicchi; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, Amonasro in Aïda, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Gérard in Andrea Chénier, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, the villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann and others.
Albert Niedel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Academic Honors from Bowie State University and Master of Arts/Music degree from Morgan State University.