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Simon Keenlyside

Baritone

Biography

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

British baritone Simon Keenlyside made his Royal Opera debut in 1990 as Ping (Turandot) and since 1994 has performed with The Royal Opera nearly every Season, in roles including Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Don Giovanni, Papageno (), Macbeth (including on tour with The Royal Opera to Japan), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Posa (Don Carlo), Valentin (Faust), Wozzeck, Rigoletto, Tonio (Pagliacci) and Ford (Falstaff). He created the roles of Prospero (The Tempest) and Winston Smith (1984) for The Royal Opera. In the 2018/19 Season he returns to sing Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). In the 2019/20 Season he returns as Giorgio Germont.

Keenlyside began his singing career as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. A keen ecologist, he returned to Cambridge to read Zoology as a choral scholar, and went on to study singing with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music. He sings with the world’s leading opera houses and has particularly close associations with Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Along with aforementioned roles, his repertory has included Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Thomas’s Hamlet, Pelléas and Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Billy Budd. A lover of German Lieder, Keenlyside also performs widely in recital, including regular appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Keenlyside’s discography includes CDs of opera, operetta duets, Lieder by Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Schumann, French and English song, American musical theatre numbers and a disc of opera arias, Tales of Opera. He was appointed a CBE in 2003 and received a knighthood in 2018.

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News and features

Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

24 August 2015
Sky Arts set to broadcast seven ROH productions during autumn 2015

A number of recent Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions will be shown on Sky Arts over the coming months.

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014
The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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

16 May 2014
Cast change: Artur Ruciński to sing in La traviata on 17 May

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

Photos

Simon Keenlyside as Ford in Falstaff, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Ford in Falstaff, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Falstaff, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Ford in Falstaff, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana, Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Peter Rose as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin

Kasper Holten and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin

Gerhard Siegel as the Captain and Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck with members of The Royal Opera Chorus in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and John Tomlinson as the Doctor in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie in Wozzeck

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth in Macbeth

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth

Renata Pokupić as Siébel and Simon Keenlyside as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside as Giorgio Germont in Richard Eyre's La traviata

Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth in Macbeth

Simon Keenlyside as Ford in Falstaff, The Royal Opera

Joėlle Harvey as Susanna and Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Joėlle Harvey as Susanna and Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Production photo of The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Joėlle Harvey as Susanna and Simon Keenlyside as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside in Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci.

Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Simon Keenlyside as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Krassimira Stoyanova as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Peter Rose as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin

Pavol Breslik as Lensky, Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin and Thom Rackett as Young Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin