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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 2014

Simon Keenlyside's lied recital in Barcelona that was to have taken place on 21 January 2015 has been canceled.

"Según comunicado oficial del Liceo, el concierto de lied del barítono Simon Keenlyside previsto para el próximo día 21 de enero ha sido cancelado por 'motivos de agenda'."

Simon Keenlyside was forced to leave the stage after he was unable to complete a performance of Rigoletto in Vienna on December 20, 2014. See

April 2014

Schubert: “Winterreise” – Keenlyside; Martineau; Schubertiade Schwarzenberg 2004 by Jungfer_Marianne_Leizmetzerin on Mixcloud

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
17 June 2004
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

January 2014

2013 postings

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:




2011 postings





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2009 postings


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Simon Keenlyside, iTunes

Simon tweets by @jrpierce

Simon Keenlyside as Pelléas