Tenor Simon O’Neill is a Fulbright Scholar and became Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honors list. He has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian Staatsoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, and Salzburg Festival. He appeared as the title roles in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, and as Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund (in Wagner’s Die Walküre), Florestan (Beethoven’s Fidelio), and Soltzing (Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Recent concert highlights include Florestan with Antonio Pappano; the title role in Wagner’s Siegfried in Hong Kong with Jaap van Zweden; Jánaček’s Glagolitic Mass with Simon Rattle; Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon; Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Fidelio, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the BBC Proms; Gurrelieder, Die Walküre, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and Siegfried at the Edinburgh Festival; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra; and Siegmund with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. O’Neill’s recent and forthcoming roles for the Deutsche Staatsoper include Kaiser in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, Florestan, Boris in Jánaček’s Katya Kabanova, and Siegmund. In 2020 he returns to San Francisco Opera as Florestan and sings Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Atlanta Symphony and Santa Fe Opera. In the 2020–21 season he performs Siegfried for the first time on stage in the new Ring Cycle for Deutsche Oper Berlin and makes his Glyndebourne Festival debut. His discography includes his award-winning solo album Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias (EMI), and his recently released first Lieder recording on Decca.