Simon O’Neill is a Fulbright Scholar, was awarded the Arts Laureate of New Zealand and Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from Victoria University of Wellington, and is an alumnus of The Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, and University of Otago. He became Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honors list. Simon O’Neill has sung Wagner tenor roles at The Metropolitan Opera (with Levine and Luisi), Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Barenboim), Vienna Staatsoper (Thielemann), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Runnicles), Bavarian Staatsoper (Petrenko), Hamburg Staatsoper (Nagano), and Salzburg Festival (Muti). He has sung Lohengrin and Parsifal with the Bayreuth Festival, and Parsifal, Siegmund, Lohengrin, Florestan, and Soltzing at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent concert highlights include Florestan in Rome with Pappano; Siegfried in Hong Kong (van Zweden), and Erik in The Flying Dutchman at the Ravinia Festival (Conlon). He has sung the role of Siegmund with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other repertoire includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in Prague (Inkinen) and Berlin (Rattle); Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the BBC Proms; Gurrelieder (Runnnicles), Mahler’s Eighth (Harding) at the Edinburgh Festival; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra (Rattle). A wide discography includes his award-winning solo album Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias (EMI), and his first Lieder recording on Decca. In 2018–19 and beyond he returns to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (as Kaiser in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, Siegmund, and Florestan), Vienna Staatsoper and Bayerische Bavarian Staatsoper (as Parsifal), Leipzig Opera (as Siegmund), and Deutsche Oper (Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot). Future seasons include his debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival and Santa Fe Opera, the role of Florestan in San Francisco, and his first staged Siegfried in Stefan Herheim’s new production of The Ring for Deutsche Oper Berlin.