A native of New Zealand, Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the finest tenors on the international stage. Notable roles have included Jenik (The Bartered Bride) and Walther von Stolzing (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; High Priest (Idomeneo) with the Metropolitan Opera; Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) with Opera Australia; and the title roles in Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival and Parsifal with the Vienna State Opera. He has performed the role of Siegmund (Die Walküre) at Teatro alla Scala, Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as the complete Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the BBC Proms. Concert highlights include The Song of the Earth with James Levine and The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Der Freischütz with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No 8 at the Sydney Opera House with Vladimir Ashkenazy; and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 for the reopening of London’s Royal Festival Hall. 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 is a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of the 2005 Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.