Simon Keenlyside

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Simon Keenlyside CBE (born 3 August 1959) is a British baritone who has had an active international career performing in operas and concerts since the mid-1980s.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Keenlyside was born in London, the son of Raymond and Ann Keenlyside. Raymond played second violin in the Aeolian Quartet, and Ann's father was the violinist Leonard Hirsch. When he was eight, he was enrolled in St John's College School, a boarding school for the child choristers of the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge and spent much of his childhood touring and recording with the choir under the direction of choirmaster George Guest.[1] He later attended Reed's School in Cobham, before moving on to university at Cambridge.

Keenlyside read zoology at Cambridge University, returning to St John's as a choral scholar, before studying singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduation, he won a Peter Moores Foundation scholarship (1985) and chose to join the Royal Northern College of Music to study voice with the baritone John Cameron under whom he developed a love for lieder and German poetry. Keenlyside later said of him:

Everyone has to trust a teacher and I trusted John. It is possible to make the Faustian pact of beefing up your voice young. You might survive, but many talented young voices have been ruined. John always said "don't push it, sing your age". That can be very frustrating. You just have to trust that nature will eventually grant you heft.[2]

Singing career[edit]

Keenlyside made his first appearance in a major operatic role in 1987 as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Northern College of Music. Opera magazine remarked on it being an "astonishingly mature" performance, and that he "used his warm and clear baritone with notable musicianship".[3] The Richard Tauber prize, which he won in 1986, allowed him to go to Salzburg for further study. His money ran out before he could finish his four-month term there, but Rudolf Knoll, a teacher at the Salzburg Mozarteum, gave him private lessons for free. Knoll encouraged him to work on the Italian repertoire while he was still young, and introduced him to the Hilbert agency which got him singing jobs in Germany. His professional debut as a baritone came in 1988, at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.[1]

In 1989, Keenlyside joined the roster of Scottish Opera, where he stayed until 1994, performing as, among other roles, Marcello (La bohème), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Figaro (Barber of Seville), Billy Budd (Billy Budd), Papageno (Zauberflöte) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore).

During this period, he made debut performances at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, (1989 singing Silvio), English National Opera (Guglielmo), Welsh National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Geneva, Paris, and Sydney. He sang for Glyndebourne for the first time in 1993 and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1996. Keenlyside has performed at virtually all the major opera houses in the world, including the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Keenlyside sang in the world premieres of two 21st-century operas, creating the roles of Prospero in Thomas Adès' The Tempest in 2004, and Winston Smith in Lorin Maazel's 1984 in 2005.[4]

His recordings include several issues for Hyperion Records, including music of Benjamin Britten, Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Duruflé and Henry Purcell. He is also a featured singer on five volumes of the Hyperion Franz Schubert Edition and on the second volume of the Hyperion Robert Schumann Edition. He participated in the EMI Classics world premiere recording of The Tempest.[5] In 2007 Sony Music released a recital disc of arias entitled Tales of Opera.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Keenlyside is married to the Royal Ballet dancer Zenaida Yanowsky.[2]

Operatic roles[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellow, Brian (December 2002)."The Poetry of Risk". Opera News, Vol. 67, No. 6
  2. ^ a b c Wroe, Nicholas (8 September 2007). "The call of the wild". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Allison, John (2002). Baritones in Opera: Profiles of Fifteen Great Baritones, p. 81. Opera Magazine Ltd.
  4. ^ a b c d e Duchen, Jessica (12 March 2007)."Simon Keenlyside: The sound and the fury". The Independent
  5. ^ James Inverne, "EMI to release Adés’s The Tempest". Gramophone, 20 March 2007.
  6. ^ a b Gramophone (2007).Awards Special Issue, p. 61.
  7. ^ For a complete list of Keenlyside's roles see also List of roles at www.simonkeenlyside.info
  8. ^ Kesting, Jürgen (2008). Die grossen Sänger, Vol. 4, p. 2065. Hoffmann und Campe (German)
  9. ^ a b c d La Scala. Archives: Keenlyside (subscription required)
  10. ^ White, Michael (14 May 2003). "Sweet prince of song". Daily Telegraph
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Royal Opera House. Archives: Keenlyside
  12. ^ Luten, C. J., (January 1996). Recording Review: Chabrier's Briseis by Rodgers, Harries, Padmore, Keenlyside, George and the BBC Scottish Orchestra and Chamber Chorus under Jean Yves Ossonce. Opera News (subscription required)
  13. ^ Gramophone (September 1995). Review: Harmonia Mundi CD HMC90 1515/7 (1996 live recording from Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie), p. 103
  14. ^ Metropolitan Opera. Archives: Keenlyside, Simon (Baritone)
  15. ^ a b c Milnes, Rodney (November 1997) "Simon Keenlyside". Opera, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 80-87
  16. ^ Listed in the cast for the performances at the Opéra Garnier in September 1998. See L'Événement du jeudi, Issues 718-725, p. 82 (French)
  17. ^ a b Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Archives: Keenlyside
  18. ^ Jahn, George (7 March 2009). "Splendid music, but the staging – brrr!". Associated Press
  19. ^ Listed in projected cast for the performances at the Royal Opera House in November–December 1990. See Opera, Vol. 41, Issues 7-12, p. 1201
  20. ^ Loveland, Kenneth (December 1991). Review: Die Fledermaus, Welsh National Opera, New Theatre, Cardiff, Opera, Volume 42, p. 1479
  21. ^ Listed in the cast for the concert performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Queen Elisabeth Hall (March 1995). See Opera, Vol. 45, Issues 7-12, p. 1299
  22. ^ Smith, Mike (25 April 2008). "From Turandot to tree-planting with opera singer Simon Keenlyside". Western Mail
  23. ^ One of his earliest roles. According to simonkeenlyside.info, he sang this at the Hamburg State Opera in June 1988.
  24. ^ Tumelty, Michael (20 September 1989). "Review: Theatre Royal, Glasgow, The Merry Widow", p. 14. Glasgow Herald
  25. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (28 June 1998). "Master of Movement Decides to Tell a Story With an Opera". New York Times
  26. ^ Jampol, Joshua (2010). Living Opera. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-538138-6
  27. ^ Blyth, Alan (June 1996). "Taking off". Gramophone, p. 23
  28. ^ Radio Canada. Opéra du samedi, Calendrier de diffusion, Saison 1998-1999 (French)
  29. ^ Monelle, Raymond (23 August 1999). "Edinburgh: This tragic no man's land". The Independent
  30. ^ Evans, Eian (27 June 2010). "Review: Rigoletto, Millennium Centre, Cardiff". The Guardian
  31. ^ Tanner, Michael (9 September 2000). "Brighter shades of pale". The Spectator
  32. ^ Western European stages, Volume 15 (2003), p. 42. Center for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts
  33. ^ Bayerische Staatsoper (2009) Cast list: La Traviata, 12 June 2009 (German)
  34. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (1 November 2001). Review: "War and Peace ENO, Coliseum – All-conquering confidence". Daily Telegraph
  35. ^ Kennedy, Michael (1994). Music Enriches All: The Royal Northern College of Music : The First Twenty-one Years, p. 77. Carcanet. ISBN 1-85754-085-9
  36. ^ Royal Philharmonic Society. Past RPS Music Awards Winners: Singers
  37. ^ BBC News (29 October 2003). "TV chef collects MBE"
  38. ^ L'Opera (December 2004)
  39. ^ Avui (20 October 2004) "Siegfried, millor òpera de la temporada anterior", p. 46 (Catalan)
  40. ^ Associated Press (13 February 2005). "Pre-telecast Grammy Award winners". USA Today
  41. ^ Laurence Olivier Awards (26 February 2006). "Keenlyside wins opera prize", www.olivierawards.com
  42. ^ Associated Press (15 January 2004)"Complete list of nominees for the 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards" (subscription required)
  43. ^ merkur-online.de (22 October 2007). "Echo Klassik für Elina Garanca, Keenlyside und Jansons" (German)
  44. ^ ABC (11 October 2007). "«Boulevard Solitude», de Henze, se impone en los premios de la crítica" (Spanish)
  45. ^ Gramophone (30 September 2010). "Gramophone Awards 2010 unveiled"
  46. ^ Waleson, Heidi (2011). "The 2011 Honorees: Simon Keenlyside, Vocalist of the Year". Musical America

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