Tenor Matthew O’Neill made his LA Opera debut in 2008 as Tinca in Il Tabarro and returned as Albazar in The Turk in Italy in 2011. In 2014, he returned as Squeak in Billy Budd and as Jonah in the world premiere of Jonah and the Whale, and in 2015 he returned as Flask in Moby-Dick. He recently returned to San Francisco Opera as Hauk-Šendorf in The Makropulos Case. In the 2017/18 season, in addition to reprising the role of Jonah with LA Opera, he will make his debut with the Rome Opera as Squeak in Billy Budd.
Recent appearances include Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and numerous appearances, including The Makrupolos Case, Boris Godunov, La Fanciulla del West, Il Tabarro and Salome, at San Francisco Opera. A former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, he made his debut there in the 2006/07 season as Borsa in Rigoletto and returned in Tristan und Isolde, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, and Der Rosenkavalier. In the 2007/08 season he returned as Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser, Monostatos in The Magic Flute for Families and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
Mr. O’Neill holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in guitar from the University of Evansville. A former first prize winner of the Schubert Club guitar competition, he was a national finalist in the American String Teachers Association guitar competition.