The Government has congratulated New Zealand tenor, Simon O’Neill, for his double nomination and Grammy win for Best Choral Performance as Doctor Marianus in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“Back home in Aotearoa New Zealand we are absolutely delighted for Simon and his grand success at the Grammy Awards,” said Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Carmel Sepuloni.
“Simon’s double nomination, topped off with a big win, is a radiant reflection of the talent that exists among New Zealand’s immensely gifted opera performers.
“I have no doubt that Simon’s whānau, friends, and hometown of Hakatere Ashburton, will be brimming with excitement and proudly celebrating what is a very special moment for them.
“This triumph on the global stage has yet again reinforced the rich blend of different Kiwi creatives our small island nation has to offer to the world – opening the door for many of our own home-grown talents to make their mark internationally,” the Minister said.