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Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside

(Born 3 August 1959)

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Simon Keenlyside is a British baritone opera singer.

Born in London to a musical family he made his debut as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut in 1987.

Opera magazine said it was an "astonishingly mature" performance, and that he "used his warm and clear baritone with notable musicianship".

His professional debut soon followed at the Hamburg Staatsoper where he sang Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

In 1989 he joined the Scottish Opera, where he stayed until 1994 singing roles that included Marcello (La Bohème), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte), Figaro (Barber of Seville), Billy Budd (Billy Budd), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Belcore (L'Elisir d'Amore).

During this time he also made debut performances at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and houses in Geneva, Paris, and Sydney.

He sang at Glyndebourne in 1993 and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1996.

His recordings include the music of Benjamin Britten, Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Duruflé and Henry Purcell.

He sang the role of Prospero in the world premiere performances of Thomas Adès' The Tempest in 2004 and sang Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera in their live HD broadcast of March 2010.

He also sang Posa in the live broadcast of Don Carlo in 2010.

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