Mezzo-soprano Mary-Elizabeth O’Neill was born and raised in Huntington, New York. Ms. O’Neill enjoys performing both classical operatic repertoire and contemporary classical music. Upcoming engagements include performing Haydn’s Miseri noi, misera patria cantata as part of the “Concerts in the Village” series in Kinderhook, NY in October and select Handel arias as a part of the “Ridotto” Classical Concert series in Huntington, NY this November.
This past August, Ms. O'Neill performed the role of Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Berlin Opernfest. Past Operatic Performances include The Old Lady in Candide with The Orchestra Now and conductor James Bagwell, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Miloš Repický, Greek Woman in Iphigénie en Aulide, conducted by Jane Glover, Third Lady and Third Boy in Die Zauberflöte, conducted by James Bagwell, Sally in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, conducted by David Moody and L’Esprit in Massenet’s Cendrillion, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
Ms. O’Neill has spent past summers at festivals including Songfest, the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, the Orford Music Academy, and the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice in France. While at Songfest Mary-Elizabeth was able to focus on her love of Art Song, working with Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Jake Heggie, John Musto and William Bolcom. At Orford Mary-Elizabeth was able to work with the esteemed Sanford Sylvan. At the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, Ms. O’Neill studied with Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin.
Ms. O’Neill’s passion for various art forms has led her to collaborate with composers, dancers and actors. This past summer Ms. O’Neill was also part of the soundSCAPE festival, a composition and performer exchange in Cesena, Italy. She has performed Schoenberg's "Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten" multiple times with pianist JJ Penna and recently premiered Kyrie MacIntosh’s “Songs of Ariel” at The Juilliard School. Other notable collaborations include ChoreoComp and A Clockwork Orange. She participated in ChoreoComp, an annual collaboration between Juilliard composers, choreographers, dancers, and musicians, premiering works by Zach Green and Trevor Bumgarner. In A Clockwork Orange, adapted and directed by Tony award winning actor Alex Sharp, Ms. O’Neill and the other musicians composed and adapted music and to support Stanly Kubrick’s novel and Alex Sharp’s vision.
Ms. O’Neill has been recognized for her talent on both a local and national level. She was named a 2011 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Young Arts Finalist in Voice/Level 1 Winner and 2011 U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award Semifinalist. She placed 2nd in the 2010 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition High School division. At the Juilliard Pre-College Class of 2011 Commencement, she was the only vocalist selected by the faculty to receive a prestigious Achievement Award/Prize. Other notable honors a 2011 Long Island Arts Alliance LIAA Scholar Artist, 2011 Huntington Men’s Chorus Scholarship recipient, and a 2011 Friends of Oheka Otto Kahn Scholarship Award winner.
Ms. O’Neill was fortunate enough to be accepted in the Juilliard Pre-College division when she was 14 years old, where she was able to cultivate her love of Classical music. She continued on and received her Bachelor's Degree from The Juilliard School. Ms. O’Neill now is a recent graduate of The Bard College Graduate Vocal Arts Program, under the artistic direction of Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama, where she received her Masters in Music.