Staff - Wales International Academy of Voice
WIAV provides a highly specialised and unique environment for a small number of exceptional singers at the early-professional stage, selected and recruited globally, to develop and polish their talent to the highest professional standards.
Dennis O’Neill has appeared worldwide with all the major companies, specialising in the Romantic Italian repertoire and Verdi in particular and was awarded the Verdi Medal by the Amici di Verdi.
His long relationship with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, covered over two hundred performances, centred around the great Verdian roles and many North American appearances most notably included the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric. Countless European performances included the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera , Paris Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutche Opera, the Bolshoi (with La Scala), Arena di Verona, Rome Opera, Florence, Bologna and Barcelona.
Dennis O’Neill was appointed CBE for services to Opera, and awarded the Order of St John. Many other honorary fellowships and degrees include the prestigious Membership of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Richard Lewis visiting Professor of Singing. He is Artistic Patron and principal guest vocal coach to the Solti Academy in Italy and gives masterclasses around the world, most recently in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. He is a frequent adjudicator at many international competitions including the BBC Singer of the World and the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and St Petersburg.
He now devotes his time to the Wales International Academy of Voice as Dirctor, helping develop the next generation
of international Opera Singers under the auspices of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Dennis O’Neill as a person and teacher has been so very important for me. He invited many of the greatest conductors, singers and coaches to Cardiff so I had a chance to meet and study with Richard Bonynge, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ileana Cotrubas, June Anderson and others. - Julia Lezhneva
Euros started his professional career as a music teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari and was promoted to the position of Head of Music department at the school in 1984. From 1988 - 2006 Euros worked in television and radio as a musician, presenter, composer, producer and director. He has composed numerous commissioned works for choirs, the National Eisteddfod and for Urdd Gobaith Cymru.
In 1993 Euros was apointed as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), since then he has become a moderator to the main examining panel and acts as a trainer and mentor for new examiners.
In his role as Academic Director for WIAV, Euros is responsible for all academic issues relating to the MA in Advanced Vocal Studies. He is a member of the Muscians Union, British Association of Songwiters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the Performing Rights Society (PRS), Mechanical Copywright Protection Society (MCPS) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Dame Kiri te Kanawa - Honorary President
Jane Samuel - Head of Music
Eleanor Webber - Admisitrative Assistant