Dennis O'Neill

Dennis O'Neill

Last updated: 03 March 2011

Jury member: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Dennis O'Neill is one of the world's leading operatic tenors. He appears frequently across Europe and America, including at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the State Operas of Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. He is particularly associated with the great Verdi roles.

Dennis O'Neill's television series for the BBC in the 1980s were enormously popular and he has subsequently made television films on Caruso and movie themes. Recordings include Verdi's Requiem, La fanciulla del West, Aida, Turandot, Tosca, La bohème, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, operatic arias and an anthology of Italian Song. Videos include Der Rosenkavalier with Solti, Macbeth with Sinopoli and Die Fledermaus with Kiri te Kanawa conducted by Placido Domingo.

Recent performances have included Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in Sydney, Otello in Hamburg, Munich, Sydney, Brazil and Cardiff; Lucia di Lammermoor in Munich; Aida in Munich, Dresden and Cardiff; Un ballo in maschera in Lisbon, Munich and Rome; Turandot at the Met and Covent Garden; Norma in Barcelona; La Juive for Covent Garden and the Netherlands Opera; a tour of Verdi's Requiem with La Scala and Riccardo Muti as well as The Dream of Gerontius in Munich with Zubin Mehta and in London with Mark Elder.

Dennis O'Neill is the founder and director of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice based in the University of Cardiff. In September 2011 he will become director of the new Wales International Academy of Voice at the University of Wales.

He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year's Honours list.


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