The New-Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala and both the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, appearing with a number of illustrious conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. He was described in the international press as
“an exemplary Siegmund, terrific of voice” and “THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation”. His operatic highlights include the title role
of Lohengrin and Florestan in Fidelio at the Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan with Die Walküre. Mr. O’Neill also had the honour of touring Europe with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing act one of Die Walküre.
Simon O’Neill is an alumnus of the University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard Opera Center. He was a grand finalist in the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. His discography includes Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias with Pietari Inkinen and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for EMI, the title role in Otello with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO, Die Zauberflöte for the Salzburg Festival Mozart 25 DVD with Riccardo Muti, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony and Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus with Leon Botstein and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.