The English tenor, Neill Archer, studied at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, and sang the part of Sandy in Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse for Thameside Opera at Bracknell in 1986.
Neill Archer made his official debut in 1987 with Kent Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. At Buxton (1987 and 1988) he sang the title role of Conti's Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena and Ubaldo in Haydn's Armida. For the Welsh National Opera he has sung Don Ottavio, Almaviva and Cassio; for Opera North, Almaviva and Achilles (King Priam). He has sung Ferrando for Scottish Opera, Opera Factory and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In 1990 he made his Covent Garden debut as Jaquino in Fidelio and his English National Opera as Tamino. He has sung Edward IV in Cesti's Riccardo III at Turin, Andres in Wozzeck at Parma, and Pylades in Iphigenie en Tauride at Basle (1991).
Neil Archer is a very stylish singer with a lyrical voice well suited to Mozart and Rossini, and he also has a special facility for 20th-century music.