Connel Byrne

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Australia in 1936. He studied in Australia, England and Italy and in 1961 started appearing in London with small opera companies. He then settled in Germany where he spend most of his career interpreting mainly the operas of Wagner and those of Italian composers. During the 1963-64 season he was a member of the Staatstheaters Braunschweig (State Theater of Braunschweig) and in the following season of the Stadttheaters Lόbeck (Municipal Theater Lόbeck). In 1965 he was engaged by the Nationaltheater Mannheim (National Theater of Mannheim). In 1969 he was invited to sing at the opera houses of Graz, Bern and Bremen, on which he remained until 1980. In the years 1976-82 he collaborated with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf-Duisburg. At that point he returned for a while to Australia where he occasionally appeared in opera productions and concerts. He also appeared in many cities in Germany and in the rest of Europe, such as London, Barcelona, Teatro Regio Torino, Vienna State Opera, Dublin opera house e.t.c. Byrne excelled especially in Elektra as Αegisthus, Fidelio as Florestan, Tristan and Isolde as Tristan, Ariadne auf Naxos as Bacchus, Rigoletto as Duke, Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) as Erik, Nabucco as Ismaele, Carmen as Don José, as well as in the leading roles in Don Carlo, Rienzi and Lohengrin. He appeared at the Greek National Opera in the season 1971-72 as Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer.