Simon Keenlyside Baritone

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Born in London, Simon Keenlyside performed on the greatest international opera stages, and enjoys a particular relationship with the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Wien Staatsoper, where he performed Prospero (The Tempest), Posa (Don Carlo), Germont Father (La Traviata), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Pelléas and Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Count Almaviva and title-roles in Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Hamlet, Macbeth and Rigoletto

Recent projects include Golaud at Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Ezio (Atilla) at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Macbeth at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Royal Opera House. 

He has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, La Monnaie, Bruxelles, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Wien, the Opernhaus Zurich. He sang with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Birmingham Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and Cleveland Orchestra, and the Czech, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. 

His discography includes an album of Schumann’s Lieder, with Graham Johnson, and four recital albums with Malcolm Martineau (Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and an English songs CD). He also recorded Britten’s War Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elias, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the title-roles in Macbeth, Don Giovanni, Carmina Burana, Billy Budd, Marcello in La Bohème, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Prospero in The Tempest

Simon Keenlyside was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 and was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2018. In 2017 he was awarded the title of Austrian Kammersänger of the Vienna Staatsoper.

Immerse in the Paris Opera universe

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