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Master Teachers

The WAAPA International Art Song Academy 2017 features two internationally acclaimed performers and teachers.

Dr Graham Johnson, OBE

A protégé of accompaniment doyens Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons, Graham Johnson has led a distinguished career, marked by frequent appearances in the greatest recital halls of the world, with many of the best international artists.

It is Graham’s belief that a performer is capable of bringing their own special insights to the music and poetry. He has a prolific and highly decorated recording output and is particularly noted for his recordings of Lieder and for his scholarship in this area. His dedication to the song repertoire  has led to the completion of a three-volume study of the songs of Franz Schubert, published in 2013 by Yale University Press.

In 1984, Graham Johnson was honoured by The Royal Academy with a Fellowship (FRAM), and in 1986 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Guildhall School of Music, London, where he is Senior Professor in Accompaniment.

In 1994, he was awarded an OBE, and the French government conferred on him the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre de Arts et des Lettres in 2002.

In 2013, Dr. Johnson was honoured with the Wigmore Hall Medal in recognition of many decades of special association with that institution.

For more information about Dr Johnson, please visit the Askonas Holt website.

Dennis O’Neill, CBE

Born in Wales, Dennis O'Neill has enjoyed a long career as one of the world’s leading operatic tenors appearing in principal roles with all the major opera companies of the world. He enjoyed a long association with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera, New York and  appeared frequently with the Staatsoper ,Munich, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Vancouver Opera and was a frequent guest at the world’s major music festivals. As a recitalist he appeared throughout Britain, Europe, North and South America, Russia and Australia.

Specialising in the works of Verdi, he sang twenty-one Verdi roles and was awarded the 2005 Verdi Medal by the Amici di Verdi in recognition of his work. Dennis studied with the renowned Frederick Cox in Manchester and London, in Mantua with Campogalliani and in Rome with Ricci. He has also retained  a close and special relationship with the Welsh National Opera, for whom he has served as a member of the board.

Dennis O'Neill has sung with many of the world’s greatest conductors including Ricardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir John Pritchard. Notable concert performances have included Idomeneo with Sir Charles Mackerras at the BBC Proms, the opening night of the BBC Proms with Sir John Pritchard, Obertoand the Verdi Requiem at the Edinburgh Festival, Aida in Tel Aviv with Zubin Mehta, Le Damnation de Faustat the Paris Opera with Charles Dutoit, Toscain  Cleveland with Leonard Slatki , The  Dream of Gerontius with Yevgeny Svetlanov and Berlioz Te Deum with Claudio Abbado in London.

Dennis O’Neill is now the Director of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, Wales.

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