Described by the press as “THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation”, Simon O’Neill has long been renowned for his portrayal of Siegmund in Die Walküre, a role that he has performed at opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera with Donald Runnicles, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano, and both the Teatro all Scala Milan and Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Now, following the enormous success he had performing the title role of Siegfried in concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic earlier this year, he makes a return to the Houston Grand opera as Siegfried in Götterdammerung, performing this role for the first time on stage.
These performances of Götterdammerung bring Houston Grand Opera’s Ring Cycle – the largest single artistic project in the history of the house, which began in the 2013/14 season – to a close.
Simon is joined on stage by, among others, Christine Goerke in the role of Brünnhilde, Andrea Silverstrelli as Hagen, Ryan McKinny as Gunther, Jamie Barton as Waltraute, Christopher Purves in the role of Alberich, and Meredith Arwady and Heidi Melton as First Norn and Third Norn respectively. Patrick Summers conducts this production directed by Carlus Padrissa of La Fura dels Baus.
Götterdammerung opens in Houston on Saturday 22 April, with further performances on 25 & 29 April and 4 & 7 May 2017. More information here.