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28 August 2014
Simon Keenlyside Reviews


Munich Opera Festival

Grandes expectativas
12 Jul 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Anna Netrebko debuts as Lady Macbeth
5 Jul 14 / Seen and Heard
Lady Netrebko, debutto nel Macbeth
5 Jul 14 / L'Ape musicale
Die Mutter der Verdammten
3 Jul 14 / Opernnetz
Münchner Netrebko-Euphorie
30 Jun 14 / Wiener Zeitung
Triumphant role debut for Netrebko in a volcanic Munich Macbeth
29 Jun 14 / Bachtrack

La Traviata

Munich Opera Festival

Damrau’s superb Violetta marred by static Traviata production
9 Jul 14 / Bachtrack

La Traviata

The Royal Opera

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello take over the lead roles to thrilling effect
9 May 14 / What's on Stage


The Royal Opera

Alla Cantata ancor manca la diva
29 Apr 14 / Beckmesser
Gounod’s erotically-charged Faust has thrilled audiences since its Paris premiere in 1859
14 Apr 14 / Express
Sonya Yoncheva is a star in the making
8 Apr 14 / The Guardian
The big star of this production is bass-baritone Bryn Terfel
6 Apr 14 / The Upcoming
Gounod's unashamedly lyrical version of Goethe's poem returns to Covent Garden with Calleja, Terfel and Keenlyside
6 Apr 14 / What's on Stage
An electrifying Bryn Terfel queens it over the orgy in this gripping production from David McVicar
6 Apr 14 / Telegraph

Le nozze di Figaro

Vienna State Opera

Wien wagt den heiklen Mozart-Dreisprung
15 Jan 14 / Die Presse
Mozart fest in Frauenhand
11 Jan 14 / Wiener Zeitung
Mozarts Schlüsselwerke, geballt: Was kann Wiens Oper noch?
11 Jan 14 / Die Presse


The Royal Opera

Only a partial success
16 Nov 13 / Musical Criticism
Alban Berg's groundbreaking opera still has the power to shock, 88 years on from its premiere
13 Nov 13 / Express
Simon no sabe nadar
9 Nov 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The latest revival of Berg's opera at the ROH is buoyed by a strong musical performance
7 Nov 13 / The Spectator
Simon Keenlyside presents a compelling portrait of a dehumanised, indeed lobotomised victim
5 Nov 13 / Evening Standard
A strong revival, with a moving Simon Keenlyside in the title role
4 Nov 13 / Financial Times
Simon Keenlyside was an introspective, soft-toned Wozzeck
4 Nov 13 / Music OMH
Berg's great opera confounds and dazzles
3 Nov 13 / The Observer
Simon Keenlyside Reviews & Articles


Born in London, Simon Keenlyside studied zoology at Cambridge before studying singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. To his busy schedule of opera, recitals and concerts he brings his beautiful baritone voice and highly charged stage presence.
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Simon Keenlyside Articles

Simon Keenlyside

Labrador del canto y de la vida.
30 Jan 2014 / Miami Clásica

Staatsoper: Leo Nucci springt für Keenlyside ein

Doppelte Besetzungsänderung für Verdis "Un ballo in maschera": Leo Nucci singt statt Simon Keenlyside, Barbara Haveman an Stelle von Eva-Maria Westbroek.
5 Jan 2012 / Die Presse

Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside talks about singing, zoology, Lieder, German Romantic poetry, opera in general and, of course, Verdi’s Don Carlo, which he is singing in at the Royal Opera.
18 Sep 2009 / Seen and Heard

The Royal Opera announces concert and cast changes

Hvorostovsky cancels concert with Pappano; Spagnoli replaces Keenlyside in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
24 Jun 2009 / Musical Criticism

Simon Keenlyside in Don Carlo

Up steps the reluctant hero. For Simon Keenlyside the spotlight is an unsettling place to be.
6 Jun 2008 / The Times

Simon Keenlyside

«Il faut essayer de comprendre Wozzeck»
22 Apr 2008 / Forum Opéra

Simon Keenlyside, Wozzeck à chaud

Simon Keenlyside réussit un Wozzeck dont la splendeur vocale n’entame en rien l’humanité sur le fil du rasoir.
9 Apr 2008 / Altamusica

Simon Keenlyside, l'acteur chantant

À Bastille, dans le rôle de Wozzeck qu'il incarne pour la première fois, le baryton britannique fait étalage de son art du jeu.
4 Apr 2008 / Le Figaro

Keenlyside on the Royal Opera's Die Zauberflöte

'Think of all Mozart's mature operas. He's never just telling stories. He's a revolutionary.'
25 Jan 2008 / Musical Criticism

Barbican's 2008-09 programme announced

Handel and Purcell operas, Keenlyside and Kirchschlager, Quasthoff and Chailly flank new season.
2 Nov 2007 / Musical Criticism

The call of the wild

Baritone Simon Keenlyside is home after years working abroad. He enjoys flamenco and the blues as much as opera, but his greatest inspiration comes from the natural world.
10 Sep 2007 / The Guardian

Interview: Simon Keenlyside

British Baritone Simon Keenlyside, an acting singer renowned for bringing an intense physicality to his opera roles, could catalogue the injuries he has received while performing.
6 Sep 2007 / Music OMH

Send in the clown

As Simon Keenlyside lines up his superb Pelléas for the Royal Opera, we meet a physical singer who’s not afraid to take a risk
7 May 2007 / The Times

Simon Keenlyside: The sound and the fury

Some singers might be daunted by the part of Prospero in Thomas Adès' challenging 'The Tempest', but not baritone Simon Keenlyside.
12 Mar 2007 / Independent

Die Vielseitigkeit des Simon Keenlyside

Der britische Bariton (47) hat sein erstes Soloalbuum eingesungen. "Tales of Opera" stellt Keenlyside auf dem Höhepunkt seins Könnens vor.
1 Nov 2006 / Die Welt
Future plans for Simon Keenlyside
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The Royal Opera
12 Sep to 6 Oct 2014
Verdi: Rigoletto
Vienna State Opera
20 Dec 2014 to 30 Jun 2015
Verdi: Falstaff
Bavarian State Opera
12 to 19 Feb 2015
Verdi: Don Carlo
Metropolitan Opera
30 Mar to 25 Apr 2015
Verdi: Don Carlo
Munich Opera Festival
24 to 30 Jul 2015
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