Tenor Simon O’Neill to join NZSO tonight

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Internationally renowned Kiwi tenor Simon O’Neill will perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for its next at-home livestream performance at 7.30pm tonight — Wednesday, April 22.

Hailed as one of the finest tenors of his generation, O’Neill will join NZSO players from his home in performing an excerpt from George Frideric Handel’s captivating opera Atalanta.

Performing alongside O’Neill will be home-based NZSO concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppanen (violin), first violin Ursula Evans, section principal viola Julia Joyce, section principal cello Andrew Joyce and associate principal double bass Damien Eckersley.

NZSO principal conductor in residence Hamish McKeich has curated all the performances for the “Play Our Part 5” session and arranged the aria Care Selve, ombre beate from Atalantafor O’Neill to perform.

Tonight’s Play Our Part 5 event will also feature Samuel Scheidt’s Canzon Cornetto performed by NZSO sub-principal trumpeter Mark Carter and the first movement of Haydn’s String Trio performed by Leppanen, associate principal cellist Ken Ichinose and violist Nicholas Hancox.

The Play Our Part programme is a free weekly online series of performances by NZSO musicians and guests in their homes during the Covid-19 lockdown.

It is supported by the orchestra’s performing partner RNZ Concert. The livestream can be viewed at live.nzso.co.nz via smart TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Thousands of people have viewed the Play Our Part series and other online performances by the Orchestra since the Covid-19 restrictions.

The NZSO, in association with Ryman Healthcare, is also presenting a series of livestream concerts on Sundays at 4pm.

The first, held on April 19, featured works by Beethoven in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday in 2020.

Previous Play Our Part performances and other content can be viewed On Demand at live.nzso.co.nz.