Simon O’Neill was born in New Zealand and received a scholarship with the Fulbright Programme. In 2017, he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. He has sung in many of the great international opera houses (New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Berlin Deutsche Oper, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Hamburg Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals…) under the direction of conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Donald Runnicles, Kent Nagano, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti, and Kirill Petrenko. His extensive repertoire includes the title role of Lohengrin, Siegmund (Die Walküre) Florestan (Fidelio) Boris (Katya Kabanova) the Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten), and Walter von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). This summer, he will be performing the role of Tristan at the Glyndebourne Festival. In concert, he has sung Fidelio under the direction of Antonio Pappano; Siegfried (title role) in Hong-Kong (Jaap van Zweden) and the Edinburgh Festival (Sir Mark Elder); Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in Prague (Pietari Inkinen) and then in Berlin (Sir Simon Rattle); Der Fliegende Holländer (Erik) at the Ravinia Festival under the direction of James Conlon; Mahler’s Gurre-Lieder, Fidelio and Eighth Symphony at the BBC Proms; and Die Wälkure with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Simon O’Neill is making his Paris Opera debut