Conal was born in Fielding, New Zealand. He studied at the Sydney Conservation before joining the Young Artists’ Programme with Opera Australia. He also studied in New York and Europe. He has performed in Brussels, Ghent, London, New York, Washington, Madrid, Valencia, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Frankfurt, Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Leeds, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Wellington, Tel Aviv, Royal Opera House, Leeds, Garsington, Aldeburgh, Holland Park, Geneva, Tokyo.
He sings the bass repertoire having performed over fifty roles, specialising in Benjamin Britten.
Concert engagements include work with all major Australian orchestras, Israel Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, La Monnaie Brussels, SSO, NZSO, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as festivals in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, UK, Australia and NZ. Conal supports many charities and has been a guest artist in London (Kensington Palace), Australia, Belgium (Brussels and Mechelen), Tokyo and New Zealand.
Conal has worked with major conductors including Richad Bonnynge, Roberto Abado, Simone Young, Richard Hickox, Riccardo Mutti, Edo de Waart, Stuart Challender, John Eliot Gardener, Julia Jones, Peter Robinson, Richard Mills, Wyn Davies, Christopher Hogwood and Oliver von Dohnanyi.
Previously Conal has performed in The Barber of Seville, Macbeth, Lucia di Lammermoor, Adriana Lecouvreur, Don Giovanni, l’Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale for State Opera South Australia.
Conal adjudicates in Australia and internationally.
Recordings/DVDs include: Mozart Bass Arias, NZ at Covent Garden, Mozart Opera Arias, My Beloved Father, Ruaumoko, Orakau, Don Giovanni (Leporello), Don Pasquale and Turandot for Opera Australia.