In the New York Times’ musical roundup of 2012, Simon Keenlyside is highlighted for his New York performances as Prospero (“The Tempest”) and Wozzeck:
“the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside was commanding in the role of Prospero, which he had created in the opera’s London premiere.
Then the conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen brought the Philharmonia Orchestra to Avery Fisher Hall from London for a concert performance of Berg’s “Wozzeck,” blazingly played by the orchestra and featuring Mr. Keenlyside as a wrenching Wozzeck. Here was harrowing music drama without benefit of a production, in a lesson for all companies about what matters most in opera. And what a one-two punch for Mr. Keenlyside.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 14th December 2012
Simon Keenlyside is one of the world's most sought after and charismatic singers, noted for his versatility and highly charged performances on stage. He has been acclaimed for Billy Budd, Posa, Macbeth, Hamlet and Prospero in the world premiere of Thomas Ades' 'The Tempest' at the Royal Opera House; Count Almaviva in Milan and Vienna under Muti; Don Giovanni in Ferrara under Abbado, Pelleas in San Francisco, Geneva, Paris, and more recently in Salzburg, Berlin and London under Rattle; Wozzeck in Munich, Paris and New York. At the Metropolitan Opera his many roles include Posa under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and most recently, Prospero under Thomas Adès. He has recorded 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' under Rattle, the title role in 'Don Giovanni' under Abbado, 'Carmina Burana' under Thielemann, Marcello in 'La Bohème' under Chailly, the title role in 'Billy Budd' under Hickox, Count Almaviva under Jacobs and Papageno under Mackerras. Since appearing in recital at La Scala in 1998 he has gone on to give recitals all over the world. For Sony BMG Simon has released an orchestral arias disc, which won the Gramophone 2007 best recital award, an operetta disc with Angelika Kirchschlager, a recital disc of Brahms Lieder and Schumann's Dichterliebe with Malcolm Martineau, and most recently his “Songs of War” disc, also with Malcolm Martineau, which received the 2012 Solo Vocal Gramophone Award. Simon will return to the Royal Opera House (Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto and Wozzeck), the Vienna State Opera (Count Almaviva, Rigoletto and Wozzeck), Munich (Ford, Giorgio Germont, Posa, Don Giovanni and Wozzeck), and will make many appearances at The Metropolitan Opera.
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