Australian tenor Paul O’Neill has, over the past decade, forged for himself a compelling international career.
"Listening to O'Neill...one had a sense of intelligent musicianship, refined technique and a sophisticated theatrical instinct placed utterly at the service of the music."
As an ensemble member of the Berlin Staatsoper O'Neill sang many roles including: Italian tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Augustin Moser and Kunz Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nūrnberg, Hirt and Seeman in Tristan und Isolde, Spoletta in Tosca and Gastone in La Traviata. Other roles include: Duca di Mantoa in Rigoletto with Opera Holland Park (London), Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Staatstheater Mainz; Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Carlo VII in Verdi’s Giovanna d´Arco for Theater Bielefeld; Jason in Cherubini’s Médée for Theater Bielefeld and Staatstheater Mainz and Cavaradossi with Theater Madgeburg and Western Australia Opera.
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 of Gounod’s Faust at Theater Hagen, Theater Münster and Staatstheater Mainz; Rodolfo in La Bohème for Oper Halle, Freeze Frame Opera and West Australian Opera; Elvino in La Sonnambula and Laca in Jenufa with Oper Graz; Radames in Aida at the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen; Prince in Rusalka at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken; and Isepo for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda in concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Upcoming roles include: Canio in I Pagliacci for Freeze Frame Opera, Seeman/Hirt in Tristan and Isolde with WASO, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Don Jose in Carmen for West Australian Opera.
O'Neill'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 and Orff's Carmina Burana with the West Australian Opera, Verdi’s Requiem at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Seeman and Hirte in Tristan und Isolde with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s Elias and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, both with the Berlin Philharmonic, under Seiji Ozawa and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. O’Neill has worked with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Bartoletti, Andris Nelsons, Stefan Blunier, Neeme Järvi, Steven Sloane, Alexander Soddy, Dirk Kaftan, Omer Meir Wellber, Leo Hussain.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was 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.