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Simon Keenlyside

Biography

Born: August 3, 1959  
Simon Keenlyside is a leading British baritone, concert and recital singer. His voice is distinguished by its warmth, with the ability to take on an edge for dramatic lines. As a student at Cambridge he studied zoology, but went on to study singing with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. While studying there, he sang the leading male role of Lescaut in Puccini's opera Manon.

His professional debut was with
Read more the Hamburg State Opera in 1988, as Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. After that, he was engaged as a member of the Scottish Opera, where he remained until 1994. During that period he was praised for his appearances as Britten's Billy Budd, Rossini's Figaro, Marcello in Puccini's La Bohčme, Danilow in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Belcore in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, and Mozart's Papageno.

He debuted at Covent Garden in 1989 as Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and subsequently as Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosě fan Tutte. The years 1995 - 1997 saw him make major debuts: At Glyndebourne in 1995, again as Guglielmo, and as Pagapeno under Riccardo Muti at La Scala. In 1996 he appeared at the Metropolitan, again as Belcore, and in San Francisco in 1997 as Debussy's Pelléas. He made a strong impression singing the title role in a revival of Ambroise Thomas' once ubiquitous opera Hamlet, one of the few late Romantic operas wherein the title role is for a baritone. He was praised for having captured the inward struggle of Shakespeare's most complex protagonist.

He has since appeared in Paris (Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Cosě fan tutte), at La Scala in Milan (Count Almaviva) in Le Nozze di Figaro led by Muti. The San Francisco Opera provided his U.S. opera debut in 1993. He also worked in Sydney and Berlin (title role, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Geneva (title role, Hamlet), Ferrara (title role of Don Giovanni) under Claudio Abbado, and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Marcello in La Bohčme) under Bernard Haitink, as well as Guglielmo, Belcore and Count Almaviva. He also returned to La Scala (Die Zauberflöte, Gluck's Armide) and to Paris (Dandini in La Cenerentola, Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades), and in 2000 made his Vienna State Opera debut (La Bohčme), and sings the title role of Monteverdi's Orfeo in Brussels.

He joined the "authentic performances" movement in opera in 1998-1999, when he toured with conductor Rene Jacobs as Monteverdi's Orfeo. Other acclaimed roles 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 frequently appears on the concert stage with such orchestras and conductors as the Israel Philharmonic under Mehta, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe the Berlin Philharmonic with Abbado, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra led by Davis, and with Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic. He has sung recitals in the leading European cities and festivals, and in New York.

On recordings, he has sung the parts of Don Giovanni and Ned Keene. For the Hyperion label he was selected to sing five volumes of their remarkable project to record the complete Lieder of Franz Schubert, and also recorded a two-disc set of Robert Schumann songs, the complete Odes and Welcome Songs of Purcell, a role in Chabrier's incomplete opera Briseis, the Duruflé Requiem, and the complete Purcell realizations by Benjamin Britten. Furthermore, both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Critics Circle named him Singer of the Year in 1995. Read less
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  • 1.
    Claudio Abbado: Opera Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798008 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Kurt Azesberger,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Heidi Zehnder  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Royal Opera: The Collection
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1244 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Nicola Luisotti,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Royal Opera: The Collection [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7223 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Nicola Luisotti,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Thielemann, Deutschen Oper Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797445 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  David Kuebler,  Simon Keenlyside
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsche Opera Orchestra Berlin,  Deutsche Opera Chorus Berlin
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    The Complete Argo Recordings / The Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831252 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Otto Goldschmidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Roberts,  Peter White,  George Guest,  Richard Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Brass  ... 
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    Verdi Operas: The Royal Opera House Box Set / Rizzi, Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7208 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  José Cura,  Gweneth-Ann Jeffers  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Verdi Operas: The Royal Opera House Box Set / Rizzi, Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House [DVD]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1190 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Douglas Telfer,  Tómas Tómasson,  Yvonne Naef,  Verónica Villarroel  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Verdi & Shakespeare
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1200 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nigel Cliffe,  Simon Keenlyside,  Dmitri Pittas,  Raymond Aceto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Antonio Ros-Marbá,  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi & Shakespeare [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7190 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nigel Cliffe,  Simon Keenlyside,  Dmitri Pittas,  Raymond Aceto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Antonio Ros-Marbá,  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    The CBSO Years / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Ian Bostridge: Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552551 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ian [Tenor Vocals] Bostridge,  Julius Drake,  Antonio Pappano,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Harry Bicket,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  William Christie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée,  Les Sacqueboutiers,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Cavalli: La Calisto / Jacobs, Bayo, Keenlyside, Lippi, Pushee
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2921515 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
    Performer:  Barry Banks,  Marcello Lippi,  Maria Bayo,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale
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  • 13.
    Claudio Abbado New Years Eve Concerts Box [3 Blu-rays]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2013504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $76.99
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    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote / Royal Opera House
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7155 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote / Royal Opera House [5-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1150 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Opera In English -  Verdi: Macbeth / Simonetti, Keenlyside, Sherratt, Moore
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3180 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynn Hughes Jones,  Brindley Sherratt,  Latonia Moore,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Ticciati, Stoyanova, Keenlyside, Maximova
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1120 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Diana Montague,  Elena Maximova,  Peter Rose,  Krassimira Stoyanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Ticciati, Stoyanova, Keenlyside, Maximova  [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7132 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Pavol Breslik,  Simon Keenlyside,  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Peter Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 19.
    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Ades, Met Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001902809 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adčs
    Performer:  Alek Shrader,  Audrey Luna,  Isabel Leonard,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adčs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    DVD: $32.99
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  • 20.
    Britten: Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 350072 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Dan Dressen,  Andrew Murgatroyd,  Angus Smith,  Bronwen Mills  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Brunelle,  Bernard Haitink,  Oliver Knussen,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plymouth Music Series Orchestra,  Plymouth Music Series Chorus,  Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers  ... 
    CD: $58.99
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  • 21.
    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
    DVD: $148.99
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  • 22.
    An Evening With The Royal Opera
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina,  Diana Damrau,  Renée Fleming,  José Cura  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
    DVD: $19.99
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  • 23.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $164.49
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    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Mccreesh, Connolly, Joshua, Murray, Keenlyside
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Emily Rowley [Soprano Vocal] Jones,  Richard Rowntree,  William Whitehead,  Robert Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
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    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  David Thomas,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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