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 Bohème, 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 Così 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 Così 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 Bohème) 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 Bohème), 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
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Davis, Keenlyside, Damrau
Release Date: 09/23/2003   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 886   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Welser-Möst, Keenlyside
Release Date: 11/06/2007   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 00970   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Davis, Keenlyside, Damrau [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/29/2008   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7002   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Macbeth / Pappano, Keenlyside, Monastyrska, Royal Opera
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1063   Number of Discs: 1
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The Songs Of Robert Schumann Vol 2 / Keenlyside, Johnson
Release Date: 01/13/1998   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 33102   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    Verdi: Macbeth / Simonetti, Keenlyside, Sherratt, Moore, Llewellyn, Simonetti
    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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    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Ades, Met Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001902809 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès
    Performer:  Alek Shrader,  Audrey Luna,  Isabel Leonard,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    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
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    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  ... 
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    Michel Plasson & L'Opera Francais [38-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 36363 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Denize,  Gary Lakes,  José Van Dam,  Hildegard Behrens  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Mccreesh, Connolly, Joshua, Murray, Keenlyside
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Robert [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Davies,  Emily Rowley [Soprano Vocal] Jones,  Simon Keenlyside,  Ruth Gibbins  ... 
    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:  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gérard Lesne  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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    Chabrier: Briseis, Ou Les Amants De Corinthe / Ossonce, Padmore,  Keenlyside
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55428 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier
    Performer:  Kathryn Harries,  Mark Padmore,  Simon Keenlyside,  Joan Rodgers  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Yves Ossonce
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Opera Chorus,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001703202 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside,  David Kubler,  Christiane Oelze
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Britten: War Requiem / Noseda, Bostridge,  Keenlyside, Cvilak
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside,  Ian Bostridge,  Sabina Cvilak
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Eltham College Choir
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  • 19.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 20.
    Verdi: Macbeth / Keenlyside, Aceto, Monastryrska, Cliffe [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7095 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nigel Cliffe,  Simon Keenlyside,  Dmitri Pittas,  Raymond Aceto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Verdi: Macbeth / Pappano, Keenlyside, Monastyrska, Royal Opera
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1063 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Elisabeth Meister,  Raymond Aceto,  Dmitri Pittas,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Puccini: La Boheme / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Chailly, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001651202 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Silvio Scarpolini,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Riccardo Brando Spedicato,  Angela Gheorghiu  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  La Scala Chorus of White Voices
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    Gounod: Romeo Et Juliette / Plasson, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Keenlyside
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 29036 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  José Van Dam,  Simon Keenlyside,  Marie-Ange Todorovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Chorus
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6784342 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Elizabeth Futral,  Jerry Hadley,  Brian Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  John McGlinn,  Gary Bertini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia / King, King's Consort
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55327 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Gillian Fisher,  James Bowman,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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