Winner of the Vincero Competition in Naples, Italy, in October 2022, New Zealand tenor Oliver Sewell begins his first season as a member of the principal ensemble at Theater Bremen. His roles include Robert Wilson Dr. Atomic, the title role Orpheus aux enfers, Narraboth Salome and the title role, La Clemenza di Tito. In the summer of 2024, he joins Garsington Opera in the UK for the role of Edoardo Un giorno di Regno.
In early 2020 the artist returned to New Zealand where he played Don Octavio in Wellington Opera’s Don Giovanni following which he appeared as Alfredo La Traviata and Edgardo Lucia de Lammermoor for the company; he sang the role of Jaquino Fidelio with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and returned for Victorin Die Tote Stadt, and, prior to his departure for Germany, he sang Das Lied von der Erde and Andreas Wozzeck, both with Orchestra Wellington.
US highlights include Giannetto La gazza ladra with Will Crutchfield’s Teatro Nuovo in Lincoln Centre’s Rose Theatre, Handel’s Messiah with Columbus Symphony, Carmina Burana with New York Master Chorale at Alice Tully Hall, Mozart’s Mass in C Major at Carnegie Hall, the role of Ernesto Don Pasquale at Crested Butte Music Festival and Ramiro La Cenerentola at City Lyric Opera in New York. He appeared as Tamino Die Zauberflöte in the Manhattan School of Music production.
“Oliver Sewell brought a sweetly ringing tenor to the ineffectual Giannetto and his splendid high notes emerged as a true extension of his voice rather than the piercing squawks one sometimes hears.” Christopher Corwin, 16 July, 2019, Parterre Box.
“Tenor Oliver Sewell served up vocal glamour as Giannetto, the son of prosperous farmers, who is in love with Ninetta, the family’s servant. ” Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, 23 July 2019
“As her rather ineffectual lover, Don Ottavio, tenor Oliver Sewell gave some of the finest singing of the evening in his two difficult arias, vocally secure and unfailingly lyrical. ” Roger Wilson, Dominion-Post, 21 April 2021