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Singers: Simon Keenlyside

Born in London, Simon Keenlyside as a child attended St. John's College School, Cambridge, and toured and recorded with the school's choir. He studied zoology at Cambridge University, and, after graduation from Cambridge, resumed vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has had a successful career as a baritone in opera and song.

December 2010

Radio broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera:
Verdi's Don Carlo
Saturday December 18, 2010 / 12:30 p.m. New York time
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Yonghoon Lee, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Eric Halfvarson

November 2010

"Mr. Keenlyside is one of the most natural actors in opera. His Rodrigo was a naïve hothead out to win Carlo to the cause of the oppressed people of Flanders. Vocally, Mr. Keenlyside is no beefy Verdi baritone, and there was occasional effort in his singing. But the vocal resonance and emotional integrity of his performance made him an affecting Rodrigo."--Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

Links to more reviews of Met's Don Carlo

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"Le Valentin, frère menaçant et fougueux de Simon Keenlyside peine à trouver les accents justes et la claire articulation de notre langue (quoique la musicalité même sans vraie puissance ne manque pas d'un certain panache)."--from review of Faust DVD at classiquenews.com

Simon Keenlyside is scheduled to appear in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival on 27 & 30 July and 4, 11, & 13 August 2011.

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From Arts Beat blog at NYTimes.com:

Musical America, which publishes the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts and maintains the Web site musicalamerica.com, has announced the winners of its 2011 Musical America Awards. Its musician of the year is the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, soon to begin a season-long stint as artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic. The composer of the year is Thomas Adès; the conductor, Rafael Frühbeck dr Burgos; the vocalist, the baritone Simon Keenlyside; and the educator, Vivian Perlis, the founder of Yale University´┐Żs Oral History of American Music. The awards are to be presented at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 13.

---http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/2011-musical-america-winners-announced/

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The World Hunger Day Gala Concert has been announced for Sunday 9 January 2011 (evening), Apollo Victoria, London.

Starring Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Elaine Paige, David Elliot, Simon Keenlyside, Steven McRae & The London Community Gospel Choir & Supported by the full orchestra of the Southbank Sinfonia.

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October 2010

Simon Keenlyside / Julius Drake, Temple Church, London, reviewed by Edward Seckerson, independent.co.uk, 5 stars

October 2, 2010, 18:00 (London time), on BBC Radio 3, broadcast of a Welsh National Opera performance of Rigoletto

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Coming soon to DVD:

The DVD of Songs of Love and Desire (Berlin, New Year, 1998) was re-issued for the U.K. on July 26, 2010, and will be re-issued for the U.S. on October 26, 2010.

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DVD, amazon.co.uk

DVD, amazon.com

DVD, Songs Of Love & Desire: New Year's Eve Concert 98, arkivmusic.com

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Cast & Crew

Christine Schäfer
Simon Keenlyside
Marcelo Álvarez
Mirella Freni

The Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Maestro Claudio Abbado

Music by: Mozart
Verdi
Tchaikovsky

Track listings at simonkeenlyside.info

Gounod: Faust

DVD, amazon.co.uk

DVD, arkivmusic.com

DVD, amazon.fr

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Angela Gheorghiu (Marguerite), Roberto Alagna (Faust), Bryn Terfel (Méphistophélès), Simon Keenlyside (Valentin) & Sophie Koch (Siébel)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & David McVicar (director)

David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod's Faust, featuring a divine cast of opera's superstars: Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch.

McVicar is one of the most innovative and in-demand directors, and his lush, hauntingly realized vision of Faust received glorious praise. The production revels in a gothic, seamy Second Empire setting, with the Act V ballet "haunting the imagination long after"(The Independent).

"This is opera at its grandest and best" The Wall Street Journal

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Description du produit:

La légendaire production du Faust de Gounod à Covent Garden en 2004, dans la mise en scène hardie du désormais célèbre David Mc Vicar. Ce qui retient l'attention, c'est un casting de rêve, qui ramène à l'âge d'or du chant. Excusez du peu : Roberto Alagna dans un de ses rares Faust, ardent et solaire. Angela Gheorghiu, bouleversante Marguerite, aussi à l'aise dans l'air des bijoux que dans la dramatique scène finale, Bryan Terfel, le plus grand baryton basse du moment, un Méphisto cauteleux et puissant à la foi, et dans les seconds rôles de Valentin et Siébel, les très grands chanteurs que sont Simon Keenlyside et Sophie Koch. Enfin, Antonio Pappano confirme qu'il est bien le grand chef lyrique d'aujourd'hui. Certainement un des DVD d'opéra les plus importants jamais paru.

--amazon.fr

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New to DVD: Don Carlo from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Expected release dates are 13 September 2010 for U.K. and 5 October for U.S.

DVD, amazon.co.uk

DVD, Live From The Royal Opera House -- Verdi: Don Carlo / Villazon; arkivmusic.com

Rolando Villazon (Don Carlo), Marina Poplavskaya (Elisabetta di Valois), Simon Keenlyside (Rodrigo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Philip II), Sonia Ganassi (Princess Eboli), Pumeza Matshikiza (Tebaldo), Nikola Matisic (Conte di Lerma), Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor), Robert Lloyd (Monk) & Anita Watson (Voice from Heaven)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

Performed in Italian translation

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Hyperion has assembled their recordings of the songs of Robert Schumann into a 10-CD set of the complete songs of Robert Schumann, arranged in chronological order. Release is scheduled for the end of August in the United Kingdom and Germany, and for mid September in the United States. Among the vocal soloists are Dorothea Röschmann, Juliane Banse, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, and Christopher Maltman.

CD, amazon.co.uk

CD, amazon.com

CD, Schumann: The Complete Songs, arkivmusic.com

CD, amazon.de

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The new book Die Oper kocht: Weltstars am Herd: Die Lieblingsrezepte großer Stimmen contains recipes from 64 opera stars and numerous photographs.

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Simon Keenlyside -- Pietà, rispetto, amore -- Verdi's Macbeth

Weltstars verabschieden Ioan Holender, Wiener Staatsoper, Wien 26.06.2010

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As of July 13, 2010, it appears that George Petean (July 18) and Thomas Hampson (July 22) will be Rodrigo in the following two performances, instead of Simon Keenlyside:
July 18 and 22, 2010
Munich Opera Festival 2010
Verdi's Don Carlo

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The book Living Opera by Joshua Jampol contains a chapter "Simon Keenlyside, or a workingman talks about traffic control."

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Watch Schubert: "Ständchen" ("Serenade") on Plushmusic

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March 2010


Opera News article about Simon Keenlyside

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February 2010

Simon Keenlyside, l'humilité en musique (Opéra Garnier, 12 février 2010)--Chroniques d'un culturomane parisien

El barítono inglés habla para Diverdi

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January 2010

Simon Keenlyside at Wigmore Hall, reviewed by Hilary Finch, The Times, 5 stars

". . . a sound so honeyed and so enticing that whilst listening to it you can't imagine that there is a lovelier lyric baritone on the planet . . ."--"Simon Keenlyside / Malcolm Martineau, Wigmore Hall," reviewed by Edward Seckerson, independent.co.uk

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opernglas

The German magazine Opernglas of January 2010 has an interview with Simon Keenlyside.

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People with U.S. addresses can subscribe to Opernglas through amazon.com.

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2009 postings

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CD and DVD

Some upcoming engagements

Links

Askonas Holt

aStore amazon.co.uk

aStore amazon.com

aStore amazon.de

aStore amazon.fr

Yahoo! group: Fans of Simon Keenlyside

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Simon Keenlyside, iTunes

Una charla con Simon Keenlyside y Jorge Binaghi