Distinguished Visitor: Simon O'Neill Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Music)

13 March 2019 - 20 March 2019

Venue: Music Theatre, School of Music

Location: 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: School of Music

Cost: Free admission

Contact email: creative@auckland.ac.nz

Operatic tenor, Simon O'Neill.
Operatic tenor, Simon O'Neill. Image courtesy simononeill.com


We are delighted to have Simon O’Neill coming to the School of Music as the recipient of a Distinguished Visitor Award. Simon is one of the world’s leading tenors who has graced the stages of leading opera houses and concert halls. We are privileged to have an artist of his calibre coming to share world-class knowledge and insights of the music industry with our staff and students, as well as the wider community.



Wednesday 13 Mar, 1-2pm
Fermata lecture: From tenor horn to heldentenor

Thursday 14 March, 7-9pm
Vocal Masterclass
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Wednesday 20 Mar, 7.30-9.30pm
Simon O’Neill with the Auckland Chamber Choir
187 Federal Street
Auckland Central
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New Zealander Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the finest helden-tenors on the international stage. He has frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, in Berlin, Hamburg and Bayerische Staatsopern, Teatro alla Scala and the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Edinburgh and at BBC Proms Festivals.

At his debut in the title role of Verdi’s Otello in concert at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra, Simon's performance was widely acclaimed by critics, describing his performance as, “thrilling”, “an immense performance” and, “a tremendous debut in the title-role, giving notice that he is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade.” 

In 2016 Simon was awarded Doctor of Music (Honoris Causa) from Victoria University of Wellington. He became an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.