Neil Rosenshein is an American tenor.
He was born in 1947 in New York and throughout his career he sang leading tenor roles in many of the major American and European opera houses. He created the roles of Aspern in Dominick Argento's The Aspern Papers and Léon in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles.
He made his debut as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Opera in 1972. Quickly recognised as a very musical singing-actor, he went on to appear with the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera and Covent Garden where he sang Lenski, in Eugene Onegin.
He sang Števa in Jenůfa for the Paris Opéra, and also sang with the Hamburg Opera, The Netherlands Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera where he was an original cast member of the world premiere of The Aspern Papers.
Mr Rosenshein also sang with many of the great orchestras, under Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Riccardo Muti.
Neil Rosenshein debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in 1987 as Alfredo in La Traviata opposite Diana Soviero and Sherrill Milnes,.
He also played there in Die Fledermaus, Salome (as Narraboth), Werther, Faust (again with Soviero and James Morris, later Samuel Ramey) and the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles (with Teresa Stratas, Gino Quilico, and Marilyn Horne). He also sang Alfredo in La Traviata (conducted by Plácido Domingo), played the Prince in Rusalka, Peter Grimes (conducted by James Conlon), and Die Fledermaus (now as Eisenstein).
This was his last performance with the company, in 1999.
His recordings include Bernstein's Songfest, Die Schöpfung, and Eugene Onegin (with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Thomas Hampson, with Nicolai Gedda as M.Triquet, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, 1992). As of 1997, he is on the voice faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.