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KS Simon Keenlyside

SIMON KEENLYSIDE was born in London and studied Zoologie in Cambridge as well as singing in Manchester. He received regular invitations to Zurich, Barcelona, Madrid, the Bayerische State Opera, Tokyo, the Metropolitan Ope­ra, the Salzburger Festivals, the Scala, Ferrara, the London Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Paris Opera. His repertoire includes such roles as Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Billy Budd, Pa­pageno (Die Zauberflöte), Jeletzki (Pique Dame), Marcello (La Bohème), Hamlet, Macbeth, Eugen Onegin, Posa (Don Carlo), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Wozzeck and Prospero in Thomas Adès‘ The Tempest. Simon Keenlyside is also a much sought after concert singer. he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Marcello (La Bohème)and has since sung roles – of which several were premieres – like Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Posa (Don Carlo), Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Giorgio Germont, the leading role in Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Eugen One­gin, Macbeth, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto as well as Papageno. In 2003, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England.