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Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside was born in London. His roles include Posa (Vienna, Munich, Madrid, Royal Opera), Hamlet (Geneva, Royal Opera, Barcelona), Pelle?as (San Francisco, Geneva, Madrid, Paris, Salzburg, Royal Opera), Count Almaviva (La Scala, Royal Opera, Vienna, Munich, Metropolitan Opera), Papageno (Scottish Opera, Paris, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera, Vienna), Billy Budd (Royal Opera, Vienna, ENO), Don Giovanni (Brussels, Ferrara, Zurich, Royal Opera, Vienna, Tokyo, Barcelona),Wozzeck (Paris) and Macbeth (Vienna).
Simon enjoys extensive concert work and has sung under the baton of many of the world’s leading conductors, appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Berlin Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic to mention a few. He has recorded four recital discs with Malcolm Martineau, of Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and most recently, an English song disc, Songs of War, released in November 2011, as well as a disc of Schumann Lieder with Graham Johnson.
He will return to the Vienna State Opera (Posa, Rigoletto and Wozzeck), the Royal Opera House (Eugene Onegin, Germont Pe?re, Papageno and Macbeth) and the Bayerische Staatsoper (Eugene Onegin, Count Almaviva, Germont Pe?re and Wozzeck). In 2007 he was given the ECHO Klassik award for Male Singer of the Year, and in 2011, he was honoured with Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award. Simon was made a CBE in 2003.
A chorister since the age of six, Jonty recently concluded his successful treble career as Head Chorister of New College, Oxford. Under Edward Higginbottom’s direction he has gained a deep appreciation of choral music and has amassed numerous concert performances across Europe and North America. Recent recordings include the Mozart Requiem and Couperin Exultent Superi. As a music scholar at Magdalen College School, he continues to sing and is enjoying developing his keyboard (piano and organ) and string (violin and viola) playing in both solo and orchestral contexts.

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