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Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside was born in London, studied zoology at Cambridge and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. He made his operatic début at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). He has since sung in Geneva (Hamlet and Pelleas), Zurich (Don Giovanni), Barcelona (Don Giovanni and Hamlet), Madrid (Posa), San Francisco (Pelleas), Brussels (Orfeo), Paris (Papageno, Pelleas, Guglielmo, Yeletsky, Dandini and Wozzeck), Vienna (Macbeth, Eugene Onegin, Figaro, Marcello, Count Almaviva, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, Papageno and Posa), Munich (Marcello, Count Almaviva and Wolfram), Tokyo (Don Giovanni with La Monnaie; Wolfram with the Bayerische Staatsoper; Count Almaviva with the Vienna State Opera; and Germont Pere with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Hamlet, Posa, Belcore, Marcello, Papageno and Count Almaviva), Salzburg Festival (Guglielmo and Papageno), Salzburg Easter Festival (Pelleas), La Scala, Milan (Papageno and Count Almaviva), Ferrara (Don Giovanni) and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH) (Billy Budd, Valentin, Pelleas, Posa, Belcore, Marcello, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Papageno, Hamlet and Prospero). For Billy Budd at ENO and Winston (1984) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden he won the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. In 2011, he was honoured with Musical America's Vocalist of the Year Award.

He will return to the Vienna State Opera (Posa, Renato, Rigoletto and Wozzeck), Royal Opera House (Germont Pere, Macbeth and Count Almaviva), Bayerische Staatsoper (Eugene Onegin, Count Almaviva and Wozzeck) and Salzburg Festival (Count Almaviva).

A renowned recitalist, Simon appears regularly in most of the world's major recital venues. He also enjoys extensive concert work and has sung under the baton of many of the world's leading conductors, appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Cleveland and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, to mention a few.

Simon was made a CBE in 2003.