Peter O’Reilly is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, he was under the tutelage of Emmanuel Lawler, with whom he is continuing his training. Peter has also received coaching from esteemed Irish repetiteurs Mairead Hurley, Trudi Carberry, and Una Hunt. Peter has been an extremely successful prizewinner over recent years at the ESB Feis Ceoil, most recently winning the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary. He has also taken part in masterclasses with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Graham Johnson, Patricia Bardon, Brenda Hurley, and Benjamin Appl.
Previous notable engagements include two world premieres; the tenor soloist in Odran O Casaide’s Marbhna 1916, and a Landy Worker in Andrew Synnott’s Breakdown. Peter has also played leading roles for Lyric Opera Productions at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton Opera House, and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Peter has also featured as the tenor soloist for oratorios performed by Dublin County Choir, Culwick Choral Society, Tallaght Choral Society, and the Guinness Choir. He recently sang as the second tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass no.6 in E-flat major with Our Lady’s Choral Society under the baton of Proinnsias O’Duinn. He will join them again in December as the Tenor Soloist for their performance of Handel’s Messiah in the National Concert Hall.
Peter made his professional operatic debut playing the role of Lechmere in Opera Collective Ireland’s Irish premiere production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, with the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Stephen Barlow.
He also featured in the world premiere of Wide Open Opera and Landmark Productions’ The Second Violinist, written by Enda Walsh, and composer Donnacha Dennehy.
Peter is looking forward to joining Celtic Nights on their USA tour