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Simon Keenlyside


Simon Keenlyside is a respected Uk baritone, concert and recital singer. His tone of voice is recognized by its friendliness, having the ability to take on an advantage for dramatic lines. As students at Cambridge he researched zoology, but continued to study performing with John Cameron in the Royal North University of Music in Manchester. While learning there, he sang the best male part of Lescaut in Puccini’s opera Manon. His professional debut was using the Hamburg Condition Opera in 1988, as Count number Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. From then on, he was involved as an associate from the Scottish Opera, where he continued to be until 1994. Throughout that period he was praised for his looks as Britten’s Billy Budd, Rossini’s Figaro, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, Danilow in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Mozart’s Papageno. He debuted at Covent Backyard in 1989 as Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and consequently as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così lover Tutte. The years 1995 – 1997 noticed him make main debuts: At Glyndebourne in 1995, once again as Guglielmo, so when Pagapeno under Riccardo Muti at La Scala. In 1996 he made an appearance in the Metropolitan, once again as Belcore, and in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in 1997 as Debussy’s Pelléas. He produced a solid impression performing the title part inside a revival of Ambroise Thomas’ once ubiquitous opera Hamlet, mostly of the late Passionate operas wherein the name role is perfect for a baritone. He was praised for having captured the inward struggle of Shakespeare’s most complicated protagonist. He offers since made an appearance in Paris (Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così lover tutte), at La Scala in Milan (Count number Almaviva) in Le Nozze di Figaro led by Muti. The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Opera offered his U.S. opera debut in 1993. He also worked well in Sydney and Berlin (name part, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Geneva (name part, Hamlet), Ferrara (name part of Don Giovanni) under Claudio Abbado, with the Royal Opera Home Covent Backyard (Marcello in La Bohème) under Bernard Haitink, in addition to Guglielmo, Belcore and Count number Almaviva. He also came back to La Scala (Die Zauberflöte, Gluck’s Armide) also to Paris (Dandini in La Cenerentola, Yeletsky within the Queen of Spades), and in 2000 produced his Vienna Condition Opera debut (La Bohème), and sings the name part of Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Brussels. He became a member of the “genuine performances” motion in opera in 1998-1999, when he toured with conductor Rene Jacobs as Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Various other acclaimed assignments are Yeletsky (Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades), Mercutio (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Wolfram, Dandini (Rossini’s La Cenerentola), and Ned Keene (Britten’s Peter Grimes). He often appears over the concert stage with such orchestras and conductors because the Israel Philharmonic under Mehta, The Chamber Orchestra of European countries the Berlin Philharmonic with Abbado, the town of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra led by Davis, with Boulez as well as the Vienna Philharmonic. He provides sung recitals in the best European metropolitan areas and celebrations, and in NY. On recordings, he provides sung the elements of Don Giovanni and Ned Keene. For the Hyperion label he was chosen to sing five amounts of their exceptional task to record the entire Lieder of Franz Schubert, and in addition documented a two-disc group of Robert Schumann tracks, the entire Odes and Welcome Tracks of Purcell, a job in Chabrier’s imperfect opera Briseis, the Duruflé Requiem, and the entire Purcell realizations by Benjamin Britten. Furthermore, both Royal Philharmonic Culture as well as the Critics Group named him Vocalist of the entire year in 1995.

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Full Name Simon Keenlyside
Profession Opera Singer
Education Royal Northern College of Music, University of Cambridge
Nationality British
Spouse Zenaida Yanowsky
Parents Ann Keenlyside, Raymond Keenlyside
Awards Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Music Songs There Pass the Careless People, Sua Gân, When Death to Either Shall Come, Thy Hand in Mine, Dirge for Two Veterans, Youth and Love, Le papillon et la fleur, White in the Moon, Sea Fever, Beat! Beat! Drums!, The Vagabond, The Infinite Shining Heavens, Think no more, Lad, Is my Team Ploughing?, Silent Noon, The Three Ravens, Loveliest of Trees, In Flanders, The Lads in their hundreds, Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun, Verklärung, Look not in my Eyes, Notre amour, Lied eines Verliebten, Lied vom Winde, Die Sterne, Himmelsfunken, When I was One-and-Twenty, Into My Heart An Air That Kills, Auf eine Christblume II, Gesang Weyla's, Einsiedelei
Albums Tales of Opera, The Tempest, Billy Budd (London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Tiffin Boys' Choir feat. conductor: Richard Hickox), Songs of War, Schumann: Dichterliebe; Brahms: Lieder, Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Fauré and Ravel, The Songs of Robert Schumann, Volume 2, The English Song Series, Volume 1: including On Wenlock Edge, Pagliacci, Wigmore Hall Live - Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau, Roméo et Juliette (Chœr et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, feat. conductor: Michel Plasson, singers: Alagna, Gheorgiu, van Dam), The Magic Flute (London Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras), Schubert - Lieder Recital, BBC Music, Volume 12, Number 12: A Sea Symphony, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 22: An 1815 Schubertiad II, Bizet, G.: Pearl Fisher [Opera] (Sung in English) (Highlights), Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Christmas Concert from the Dresdner Frauenkirche, Festliches Adventskonzert aus der Dresdner Frauenkirche, The English Song Series, Volume 3: On Wenlock Edge / Five Mystical Songs, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 24: A Goethe Schubertiad, La Bohème (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Antonio Pappano)
Nominations Classic Brit Award for Singer of the Year
Movies Mozart: Die Zauberflote, Twin Spirits, Don Giovanni, Maazel: 1984, Capriccio

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1 Bloomsbury, London, England [May 2009]
2 He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Music.
3 He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera of 2003 for his performance at the Royal Opera's Hamlet and Die Zauberflote at the Royal Opera House.
4 Opera singer (baritone).



The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2010-2016 TV Series Don Giovanni Prospero Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa ...
Eugene Onegin 2013 Eugene Onegin
Macbeth 2011/II Macbeth
Don Carlo 2010 TV Movie Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa
Don Giovanni 2008 TV Movie Don Giovanni
Eurydice: She, So Beloved 2007 Short Orfeo
Don Giovanni 2007 TV Movie Don Giovanni
1984 2006 TV Movie Winston
Hamlet, Ambroise Thomas 2004 Video Hamlet
Faust 2004 TV Movie Valentin
The Magic Flute 2003 TV Movie Papageno
L'orfeo, favola in musica 1998 TV Movie Orfeo
Don Giovanni 1997 TV Movie Don Giovanni
Die Zauberflöte, Opera tedesca in due atti 1995 TV Movie Papageno
Operavox 1995 TV Series Papageno (singing)
Capriccio 1993 TV Movie Olivier, a poet



BBC Proms 2013 TV Series Himself - Baritone
Eine große Nachtmusik 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Songs of Love and Desire 1998 TV Special documentary Baritone

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