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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 Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Macbeth, Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Posa (Don Carlo), Valentin (Faust), Wozzeck and Rigoletto. 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.

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. He was appointed CBE in 2003.

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News and features

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014

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

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?

Photos

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Karita Mattila as Marie 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 and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo

Simon Keenlyside in Die Zauberflöte

Pedro Ribeiro and Simon Keenlyside in rehearsals for Eugene Onegin.

Simon Keenlyside as Eugene Onegin with dancer in Eugene Onegin

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

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

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

Simon Keenlyside in Eugene Onegin, The Royal Opera

Simon Keenlyside

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

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

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

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck

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

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

Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck in Wozzeck

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

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

Jonas Kaufmann as Carlos and Simon Keenlyside as Posa in Don Carlos

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

Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda in Rigoletto

Duncan Rock as Marullo and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto with members of the Royal Opera Chorus in Rigoletto

Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto in Rigoletto

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