Simon O’Neill with the NZSO. Photo / Supplied
World famous opera singer Simon O’Neill is nominated for two Grammy Awards.
The tenor singer is originally from Ashburton and recently returned to New Zealand. He is currently staying in an MIQ establishment, where he learned of the appointments on Wednesday morning.
O’Neill is nominated for Best Choral Performance and Best Designed, Classical Album.
The solo tenor says he’s excited about the nominations and hopes to take his 10-year-old daughter to Los Angeles for the New Year’s ceremony.
He said in a press release: “My 10 year old daughter Violet is so excited she could come with me to LA to sit next to Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber or Ariana Grande at the graduation party. price!… dreams are big, aren’t they! “
His double nomination rewards his contribution as tenor soloist in the role of Doctor Marianus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“It was a great pleasure to make my debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. This Mahler Symphony is huge and I was so honored to be a part of the incredible soundscape captured by Deutsche Grammophon, ”says O’Neill.
The Grammy nods marks O’Neill’s third nomination – he was previously nominated for the prestigious 2006 music award in the “Producer of the Year” category for his recording of Chausson Le Roi Arthus with his compatriot New Zealand Wagnerian bass baritone, Sir Donald McIntyre.
He told RNZ this morning that he was really proud of the nominations and called the honor a “big thrill”.
Multi-genre artist Jon Batiste leads the nominations for the 2022 awards with 11 nods. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER are all tied for second-most nominations, each winning eight.
Billie Eilish is also up for seven awards.
Lorde missed out on nominations for her latest album Solar Power. The New Zealand star won two Grammy Awards in 2013 for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her track Royals. Her second album Melodrama earned her a nomination for Album of the Year.
The awards will be presented in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022 (February 1, NZT).