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Simon Keenlyside

Baritone

Biography

Simon Keenlyside in action.
Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

British baritone Simon Keenlyside sings Wozzeck, Valentin (Faust) and Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Keenlyside made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 as Ping (Turandot) and since 1994 has performed with The Royal Opera nearly every Season. His recent roles for The Royal Opera include Posa (Don Carlo), Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Giorgio Germont. He created the roles of Prospero (The Tempest) and Winston Smith (1984) for The Royal Opera.

Keenlyside began his singing career as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. A keen ecologist, he returned to Cambridge to read Zoology, singing on a choral scholarship, and went on to study singing with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music. His career has taken him to the world’s major opera houses, singing repertory including Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Rigoletto, Hamlet, Ford (Falstaff), Pelléas and Billy Budd. A lover of German Lieder, Keenlyside also performs widely in recital, including regular appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall. His discography includes CDs of opera, operetta duets and Lieder and songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Vaughan Williams. Many of his performances with The Royal Opera are available on DVD.

Keenlyside lives on a farm in West Wales with his wife, Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky, and their children. His interests outside opera include planting trees, reading poetry and listening to a wide range of music including flamenco.

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News and features

Cast change: Artur Ruciński to sing in La traviata on 17 May

Cast change: Artur Ruciński to sing in La traviata on 17 May

16 May 2014

Polish baritone to replace Simon Keenlyside in the role of Giorgio Germont.

Your reaction: Faust

Your reaction: Faust

5 April 2014

What did you think of David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s grand opera?

Your reaction: Wozzeck

Your reaction: Wozzeck

1 November 2013

What did you think of Keith Warner's production of Alban Berg's dark and tragic opera?

Watch: Wozzeck trailer

Watch: Wozzeck trailer

30 September 2013

One of the great operatic masterpieces of the 20th century opens on 31 October

Trade secrets: Find out more about staging the gruesome final act of Berg's Wozzeck

Trade secrets: Find out more about staging the gruesome final act of Berg's Wozzeck

12 September 2013

How do they keep a baritone underwater for seven minutes?

BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts confirmed for Autumn/Winter 2013/14

BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts confirmed for Autumn/Winter 2013/14

30 August 2013

Seven Royal Opera performances starring Simon Keenlyside, Karita Mattila, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann and others. 



Photos

Simon Keenlyside as Giorgio Germont in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011

Renata Pokupić as Siébel and Simon Keenlyside as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Simon Keenlyside as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Simon Keenlyside as Valentin and Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Simon Keenlyside in Eugene Onegin, The Royal Opera ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

John Tomlinson as the Doctor and Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Gerhard Siegel as the Captain and Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck with members of The Royal Opera Chorus in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Gerhard Siegel as the Captain, Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and John Tomlinson as the Doctor in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and John Tomlinson as the Doctor in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and John Tomlinson as the Doctor in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Gerhard Siegel as the Captain and Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

4 December: Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova in Eugene Onegin in February 2013

Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2005

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth © ROH / Clive Barda 2011

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth in Macbeth © ROH / Clive Barda 2011

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth © ROH / Clive Barda 2011

Pedro Ribeiro and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Peter Rose as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Pavol Breslik as Lensky, Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Thom Rackett as Young Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana, Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Peter Rose as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Simon Keenlyside and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo © Catherine Ashmore, 2009

Pavol Breslik and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper 2013

Kasper Holten and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin © ROH/Bill Cooper 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013