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“In the Wagnerian landscape, this is a revelation.” (Opéra)
“O'Neill gave a blazing account …, confirming his place in the forefront of today's dramatic tenors.” (The Daily Telegraph)
“A true heldentenor voice, with a rich, warm baritone quality in the lower registers combined with a clarion, ringing top.” (The Opera Critic)
“To make this CD,” O’Neill said recently, “has been a dream of mine since my first Wagner role, Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera, in which I was the cover for the great Placido Domingo. This album surveys Wagner’s mature career from Lohengrin in 1850 through to Parsifal in 1882.”
Lohengrin: In fernem Land (Act 3)
Die Walküre (Act 1): Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater
Die Walküre (Act 1): Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Die Walküre (Act 1): Siegmund heiss ich und Siegmund bin ich
Götterdammerung: Erräth'st du auch dieser Raben Geraun
Götterdammerung: Brünnhilde! Heilige Braut!
Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! (Act 2)
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt
“His tone is more clean-cut [than Domingo's]...silver to Domingo's gold. His delivery...[is] thrilling, and not without real character and verbal sensitivity...He is lavishly supported here by his homeland orchestra..Altogether, this recording, in good sound, is more than promising.”
“All credit to O'Neill for being able to make so much of this difficult assignment...in the more robust passages - Siegfried's reaction to the sleeping Brünnhilde, Parsifal remembering Amfortas's suffering - [his] authority and potential are unmistakable.”
18th April 2010
“This is an exciting calling card from a singer with every chance of a big Wagnerian future.”
1st May 2010
“Bleeding chunks of Wagner can make for awkward home listening. But clever programming and the ringing heldentenor of O’Neill make this opera recital less bloody than some...O’Neill wrestles with father figures and magic swords in a voice powerful and noble.”
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