Opera Singer Simon O’Neill Wins Grammy

Ashburton-born tenor Simon O’Neill recently won a Grammy for his work on the Los Angeles Philharmonic recording of Mahler’s Symphony No 8, under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, David Skipwith reports for Stuff.

The recording received two nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album in Classical. It won the Best Choral Performance Award.

O’Neill is proud to share in the success of the ensemble piece, having previously been nominated for a Grammy Award back in 2006, Skipwith writes.

“There are 370 odd people on this recording, so I am just one of many,” he said.

“Of course I do get to sing as a featured soloist with the big orchestra behind me, so I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Original article by David Skipwith, Stuff, April 4, 2022.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…