‘A brilliant actor’

Hugh Canning, The Times

Hal Cazalet headshot
The Penny opera


Hal Cazalet divides his time between the USA and Europe performing in opera, musical theatre and cabaret. He trained at the Guildhall School of Musical and Drama, and at the Juilliard School in New York, where he won the Shoshanna Foundation Award.

As a keen advocate of new work, Hal has created many leading roles for world premiere operas; Nicholas in Tod Machover’s Pulitzer Prize nominated Death and the Powers (Monte Carlo Opera, Boston’s Majestic Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, The Dallas Opera – Live Cinema Broadcast), Gerard in Philip Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles (BAM Opera House, New York and tours of Europe and the USA – recording on Nonesuch records), Charles The Music Programme (Polish National Opera and Royal Opera House, London), Heracles Heracles (Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall).


Other roles include The Prince in The Happy Prince (Lyric Theatre, West End Gala), Richard Dauntless Ruddigore (Opera North, Barbican Theatre), Cascada The Merry Widow (ENO) Albert Albert Herring (Glyndebourne Tour), Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quint Turn Of The Screw, Orfeo in L’Orfeo, Belmonte Il Seraglio, Macheath The Beggars Opera (English Touring Opera) Fenton Merry Wives of Windsor (Buxton Festival), Macheath Threepenny Opera (Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York), Prunier La Rondine (Opera Holland Park), Alfred Clement Let’s Make an Opera (Aldeburgh Festival), Tobias Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic/ETO).

In the USA, Hal made his Lincoln Centre debut performing L’Infnito by Tristan Keuris (World Premiere/WNYC Radio live broadcast) and performed at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC under Christopher Hogwood and the NSO as Mr Angel in Mozart’s The Impresario. Hal has also toured Europe, Japan, Canary Islands, with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with UK appearances at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the BBC Proms (recordings on Phillips and Deutche Grammophon labels).


During his many collaborations with American pianist Steven Blier, Hal has made numerous appearances with The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), a concert series founded by Leonard Bernstein. He performed at the Library of Congress, DC with Sylvia McNair in The Land Where The Good Songs Go, a show based on the songs of P G Wodehouse and Jerome Kern. Further performances followed at The Danny Kaye Playhouse, New York and at The Wigmore Hall, London. The album The Land Where The Good Songs Go was released on Harbinger Records. Also for NYFOS, Hal has starred in The Richard Rodgers Dynasty show at the Kaufman Centre in New York and in Topsy Turvy at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall.

Most recently, Hal starred in Play on Words, his new one-man-show tribute to the great Broadway wordsmiths, performed Live at Zedel in Piccadilly, London. As a composer & lyricist, Hal is currently working on a stage musical based on Oscar Wilde’s fairytale The Happy Prince, which goes into production in 2018/19.