2017 Filene Artist in Residence Simon O'Neill

Each year, Wolf Trap Opera chooses one of its highly successful alumni to return as the Filene Artist in Residence. This master artist works with WTO’s young singers on both artistic and practical preparation for their careers. The 2017 Filene Artist in Residence will be tenor Simon O’Neill.

Mr. O’Neill will present a free public master class with young artists of Wolf Trap Opera on Monday, July 10. He was a 2003 Filene Young Artist, performing the role of Emperor Tito Vespasian in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.

Simon O'NeillA native of New Zealand, Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the finest heldentenors on the international stage. He is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala and both the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals.  He has been described in the international press as "THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation." 

Simon made his Bayreuth Festival debut in the title role of Lohengrin and returned as Parsifal. Other recent engagements have included Siegmund in Die Walküre at La Scala and the Wiener Staatsoper; Siegmund in the celebrated Keith Warner Ring Cycle, Florestan in Fidelio, Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the title roles of Parsifal and Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; the Tambourmajor in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera; Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Ravinia Festival; Otello at Houston Grand Opera; Cavaradossi in Tosca in Tokyo, Berlin and Hamburg; Florestan in Fidelio and Siegmund in Die Walküre at Houston Grand Opera and Hamburg Staatsoper. 

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and on the stages of famed concert halls including the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, National Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bayerischer Rundfunks Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo’s NHK Hall, and London's Royal Festival Hall.

Grammy nominated, his discography includes his debut solo award winning album; Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias, as well as recordings of Parsifal, Otello, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Simon O’Neill is an alumnus of the University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard Opera Center and Wolf Trap Opera. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the 2005 Arts Laureate of New Zealand.