Simon Keenlyside


Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside has had a successful international career as a baritone since the 1980s.

Life and Music

  • Born in London, Simon Keenlyside studied Zoology at Cambridge before making his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva.
  • Since then, he has performed throughout Europe and the world in various operas, including the roles of Figaro, Papageno, Hamlet and Pelleas and in 1995 he received the Singer of the Year Award both from the Critics Circle and the Royal Philharmonic Society.
  • Simon enjoys extensive concert and recital work, most recently he has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Berlin Philharmonic in Salzburg and Berlin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in London and Vienna under Sir Simon Rattle.
  • With EMI Classics, Keenlyside has recorded two albums featuring works by Schubert and Strauss with Malcolm Martineau under Sir Simon Rattle.
  • He has also played Mercutio in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette with Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, and Michel Plasson conducting the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.

Did you know?
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.

Simon Keenlyside performs in 'Hamlet'


Simon Keenlyside The Classic FM Podcast - 25 December 2011

The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Tim Lihoreau hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Simon Keenlyside.