15 Oct 2019

Simon O'Neill in Concert with Iain Paterson and Terence Dennis

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 15 October 2019

An evening of opera, lieder and song linked together with banter and anecdote.

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New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill

New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill Photo: Supplied

Simon O'Neill doesn’t need much of an introduction here – he has a huge international career and he’s the most recognised New Zealand opera singer since Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Donald McIntyre.

In this recital he’s joined by friend, colleague, and fellow Wagnerian, the Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson, and they’ll be accompanied by pianist Terence Dennis.

They perform a programme of opera, lieder and song linked together with banter and anecdote – a style of recital, they say, inspired by those given in the 1970s by the American singers Richard Tucker and Robert Merrill.

But they also welcome two special guests: prize-winners of the 2019 Circle 100 Scholarship, tenor Manase Latu and bass-baritone Samson Setu. They sing an item each.

Simon O'Neill (tenor), Iain Paterson (bass-baritone), Manase Latu (tenor), Samson Setu (bass-baritone), Terence Dennis (piano)


BEETHOVEN: An die ferne Geliebte Op 98 [SO]
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel, excerpts [IP]
IRELAND: Sea fever [IP]
TOSTI: Non t'amo più [SO]
VERDI: Come dal ciel precipita, from Macbeth [SS]
VERDI: Niun mi tema, from Otello [SO]
PUCCINI: Dovunque al mondo, from Madama Butterfly [SO, IP]
STRAUSS: Zueignung Op 10/1 [IP]
DONIZETTI: Una furtiva lagrima, from L'elisir d'Amore [ML]
MENDELSSOHN: Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel!, from Elijah [IP]
WAGNER: Das Rheingold, excerpts [SO, IP]
TRAD arr Weatherley, Dennis: Danny Boy [SO]
BURNS, TRAD: A Red, Red Rose [IP]
BIZET: Au fond du temple saint, from The Pearl Fishers [SO, IP]
RODGERS: Some enchanted evening, from South Pacific [IP]
D'HARDELOT: Because [SO]

Recorded by RNZ, Auckland Concert Chamber, 8 July 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay