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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.

October 2013

The Opus Arte DVD of the Royal Opera's Eugene Onegin with Krassimira Stoyanova and Simon Keenlyside is scheduled for release in the States on October 29, 2013.

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, DVD,

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [Blu-ray],

August 2013

A blogger reports that Chandos is recording Verdi's Macbeth. I imagine that the recording will be in English.

Chandos Records are recording Verdi's Macbeth at Blackheath Halls at the moment, with Edward Gardner OBE conducting the English National Opera Orchestra.

The soloists are
Latonia Moore -- Lady Macbeth
Simon Keenlyside -- Macbeth
Gwyn Hughes Jones -- Macduff
Brindley Sherratt -- Banquo
Ben Johnson -- Malcolm
Elizabeth Llewellyn -- Lady Macbeth's Lady in Waiting.


Cavalli's La Calisto with Simon Kennlyside is included in the boxed set Opera Baroque from Harmonia Mundi, release date 2 September 2013 at

July 2013

Eugene Onegin: Royal Opera House (Ticciati) [DVD],

The Opus Arte DVD of the Royal Opera's Euguene Onegin with Krassimira Stoyanova and Simon Keenlyside is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on 2 September 2013, says

Eugene Onegin: Royal Opera House (Ticciati) [DVD],

Eugene Onegin: Royal Opera House (Ticciati) [Blu-ray],

Ades: the Tempest, DVD,

Amazon com says that the US release of the Tempest DVD (Metropolitan Opera, with Simon Keenlyside as Prospero) is September 17, 2013.

And at the release date is September 9, 2013.


In the codalario interview Simon says that he has been offered the baritone role in Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae. He also says that Mandryka in Arabella would be a good option for him. But he doesn't imply there are any definite plans for those roles. He does say that he will probably do Boccanegra, but not for now. He will do Beckmesser in 2017, in a performance with Bryn Terfel.

June 2013

Video about Wozzeck in Madrid:

January 2013

Royal Opera video of rehearsal of Eugene Onegin:

2012 postings

December 2012

The London Symphony Orchestra recording of Britten's War Requiem is one of the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012 according to NPR Music.

And one of the Best of Classical 2012, according to Ronni Reich,

November 2012

Fauré Requiem

2012 re-issue

November 19, 2012:

November 20, 2012:

November 16, 2012:

October 2012

The Tempest rehearsal photo

September 2012

Robert Lepage talks about the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming The Tempest:


Songs of War has won the Gramophone award for 2012 in the category Solo Vocal.

Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts to movie theatres in the United States for the 2012-2013 season are now being sold in advance thorugh

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Hyperion has re-issued their recording on compact disc of Chabrier's Briséïs ou Les amants de Corinthe

CD Description

BrisÚ´s ou Les amants de Corinthe

Briseis: JOAN RODGERS soprano

Hylas: MARK PADMORE tenor
Le Catechiste: SIMON KEENLYSIDE baritone
Stratokles: MICHAEL GEORGE bass
Thanasto: KATHRYN HARRIES mezzo-soprano
First Maidservant: GILLIAN TAYLOR soprano
Second Maidservant: ANNE HETHERINGTON soprano
First Servant: GRAEME DANBY bass
Second Servant: JOHN PRINCE bass

Chabrier's extraordinary, if incomplete, opera is surely a precursor to Salome and eclipses even that most lurid work in the gloriously opulent sensuality of its music. Performed at the Edinburgh Festival by some of the greatest singers of the day and recorded live by Hyperion, this thrilling performance stunned critics and public alike. A genuinely wonderful discovery.

CD, re-release date 3 September 2012:

CD, re-release date 12 September 2012:

CD, re-release date 21 September 212:

CD, re-release date 30 August 2012:

August 2012

At Gramophone Magazine, in connection with the Gramophone Awards nominees for 2012, in a Podcast editor-in-chief James Jolly and critic Richard Fairman discuss the Solo Vocal Category, which features: Mark Padmore in Britten and Finzi (Harmonia Mundi), Roderick Williams in Britten (on Naxos), and a programme entitled 'Songs of War' from Simon Keenlyside (Sony Classical).


Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Rosemary Joshua (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor,) & Simon Keenlyside (bass)

Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Young Singers' Scheme & Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

This recording sees over 440 musicians taking part, including 92 string players and over 300 singers.

CD,, release date 27 August 2012

MP3,, release date 27 August 2012


Links to reviews of performances in the Barbican Hall


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Yahoo! group: Fans of Simon Keenlyside


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Simon Keenlyside as Pelléas