Simon Keenlyside was born in London and made his stage debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper in Le nozze di Figaro (le Comte Almaviva). He soon found himself making guest appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres, particularly, the New York Metropolitan Opera the Royal Opera House in London and the Vienna Staatsoper where he has played Prospero (Thomas Ades’s The Tempest), Posa (Don Carlo), Germont (La Traviata), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), and sung the title roles in Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Pelléas et Mélisande, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Rigoletto. He has made several appearances at the Paris Opera, performing the roles of Papageno, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Pelléas, and Wozzeck. He has earned numerous prizes including the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, the 2007 ECHO Klassik Award Singer of the Year Award and the 2011 Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award. In 2017, he was honoured with the title of Kammersänger at the Vienna Staatsoper. Simon Keenlyside also performs in concert and recital with Thomas Adès (Winterreise), Malcolm Martineau and Caroline Dowdle. He has recorded Schumann’s Lieder with Graham Johnson, four recitals (Schubert, Strauss, Brahms) accompanied by Malcolm Martineau and more recently, Songs of War a CD of English melodies, which received the Solo Vocal Award at the 2012 Gramophone Awards. He has also recorded Britten’s War Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda), Mendelssohn’s Elias (Paul McCreesh), Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Sir Simon Rattle), Macbeth (John Eliot Gardiner), Don Giovanni (Claudio Abbado), Carmina Burana (Christian Thielemann), La Bohème (Riccardo Chailly), Billy Budd (Richard Hickox), Die Zauberflöte (Sir Charles Mackerras), Le nozze di Figaro (René Jacobs, Grammy Award), and The Tempest (Best Opera Recording Grammy Awards 2014, Music DVD Recording of the Year at the 2014 Echo Klassik Awards). During the 2019-2020 season he sang the roles of Posa (Don Carlo), Ford (Falstaff) and Giorgio Germont at the Vienna Staatsoper; Rigoletto, Amfortas (Parsifal) and Germont at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Germont at the Royal Opera House in London, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Amfortas at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Posa in Bratislava.
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