Peter O’Reilly is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a First Class Honours B.Mus. Whilst there, he was under the tutelage of Emmanuel Lawler, with whom he is continuing his training. Peter has also received coaching from Irish répétiteurs Mairéad 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.
He made his professional operatic debut in 2017, playing the role of Lechmere in Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Previous notable engagements include two world premieres — Odhrán Ó Casaide’s Marbhna 1916 and Andrew Synnott’s Breakdown. He 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. He has also featured as the tenor soloist for oratorios performed by Dublin County Choir, Culwick Choral Society, Tallaght Choral Society, and the Guinness Choir. Last December he sang for Our Lady’s Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
He made his Irish National Opera debut as Nathanaël in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in September 2018.