Released on Friday 8 February, Simon O’Neill‘s latest album Distant Beloved is a particularly personal project for the renowned Heldentenor.
Recorded in New Zealand with pianist Terence Dennis, Distant Beloved includes a selection of German lieder by Beethoven, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner which possess special meaning for the international artist. The album is dedicated to Simon’s family.
“Travel plays a significant part in the life of any opera singer, and, whilst I am privileged to have the opportunity to sing Siegmund, Siegfried, Parsifal and many other dream roles in the great opera houses and concert halls of the world, my career takes me away from home and loved ones for over nine months each year. Such is the singer’s lot.
“The title of this album is deeply evocative for me. Though I may be performing on the opposite side of the world, my thoughts are never far from my beautiful wife and children, and our wonderful family home in New Zealand, overlooking endless majesty of the Pacific Ocean.”