Tenor Neil Latchman to be Awarded Guinness World Record for Major Operatic Feat

By David Salazar

Tenor Neil Latchman will be awarded “Highest Operatic Harp Performance” by the Guinness World Record.

Latchman wowed the world with his performance high up in Leh, Ladakh, in the Himalayan mountains at 3,495 meters above sea level, alongside Harpist Siobhan Brady.

Although Latchman studied literature and law, classical music has always been his true passion. In 1997 as a tenor he joined the 20th-anniversary commemoration of the life of Maria Callas, leading him to obtain renown throughout Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Throughout his international tours, he has re-interpreted songs of the Middle East, Iran, and India.

“I have seen how the resonance of the operatic opera can change musical perceptions across cultures, uplifting and deeply touching human emotions,” Latchman noted regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how it disrupted the world at large. “Although the pandemic has made it challenging to perform live, I still experience the joy through people when I receive requests to perform virtually. It has become more crucial at a time like this to positively impact people through classical music all around the globe.”

This Guinness World Record presentation was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of philanthropist Desmond Gentle and Bairos Bank.