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Singers: Simon Keenlyside

15 and 17 April 2011 at 20:00
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande, concert performance

Orchestre de Paris
Louis Langrée, conductor
Natalie Dessay, Mélisande
Simon Keenlyside, Pelléas
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Geneviève
Laurent Naouri, Golaud
Alain Vernhes, Arkel
Khatouna Gadelia, Yniold
Nahuel Di Pierro, Doctor

Simon Corley, writing for ConcertoNet.com, gives Simon Keenlyside a relatively negative review:

Simon Keenlyside est un immense musicien -- Paris n’est pas près d'oublier son Orfeo ou, plus récemment, son Wozzeck -- mais il déçoit en Pelléas. Bras gauche en écharpe, le principal non-francophone de cette distribution, s'il avale parfois un peu les mots, n’est guère pris en défaut sur la prononciation -- il a déjà chanté le rôle, notamment à Bastille en 2004 -- et ne manque pas de vaillance, mais les registres sont tout sauf soudés, le timbre fluctue sans cesse, les aigus passent difficilement et la déclamation est préécautionneuse.

My translation (not necessarily 100% correct):

Simon Keenlyside is a tremendous musician--Paris is not close to forgetting his Orfeo or, more recently, his Wozzeck--but he disappoints as Pelléas. Left arm in sling, the principal non-Francophone of this cast, if he sometimes swallows the words, is not at fault on the pronunciation—he has already sung the role, notably at Bastille in 2004--and does not lack valor, but the registers are all safe welded, the timbre fluctuates incessantly, the high notes pass difficultly and the declamation is cautious.

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Renaud Machart, writing for Le Monde, says that he heard what may be, in terms of conducting, the most beautiful Pelléas et Mélisande in memory. He goes on to say that "le Pelléas de Simon Keenlyside est sonore, testostéroné, et peut se jouer du puissant flot orchestral derrière lui."

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Review in French, Delphine Dalens-Marekovic, Forum Opera

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Review in Spanish, Jorge Binaghi, mundoclasico.com

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Some footage of rehearsal:

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Simon Keenlyside as Pelléas