Australian tenor Paul O’Neill has, over the past decade, forged a compelling international career in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and Australasia.
Most recently, he sang Don José in Carmen for West Australia Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème for Opera Australia and the title role in Faust for Theater Münster and Cavaradossi (Tosca) in both Perth and Magdeburg. Future engagements include Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) throughout China, Narraboth (Salome) for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and major operatic and concert appearances in Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.
Other roles include: The Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Holland Park, Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Staatstheater Mainz; Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Carlo VII in Giovanna d´Arco for Theater Bielefeld; Jason in Médée for Theater Bielefeld and Staatstheater Mainz and The Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) for Berlin Staatsoper. He sang Don José in Carmen at the Glyndebourne Festival; Laca in Jenufa and The Diary of One Who Disappeared for Opéra de Lille; the title role in Faust at Theater Hagen and Staatstheater Mainz; Rodolfo in La bohème for Oper Halle and West Australian Opera; Elvino in La sonnambula and Laca in Jenufa with Oper Graz; Radames in Aida at the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen; The Prince in Rusalka at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and Isepo in La Gioconda in concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Paul’s concert repertoire includes: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater; Handel’s Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day and Haydn’s Nelson Mass; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Deutsche Staatsphilhaminoie Rheinland-Pfalz and Beethoven Orchester Bonn; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the West Australian Opera; Verdi’s Requiem at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino (both with the Berlin Philharmonic) under Seiji Ozawa and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He has also worked with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Bartoletti, Andris Nelsons, Stefan Blunier, Neeme Järvi, Steven Sloane, Alexander Soddy, Dirk Kaftan, Omer Meir Wellber and Leo Hussain.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was a Young Artist at West Australian Opera. He was awarded Opera Foundation Australia’s Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship, and studied at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill. He was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Awards, the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards and the Mathy Awards.