Simon Keenlyside & World Hunger Day 2011
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Simon Keenlyside was born in London, studied zoology at Cambridge and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He made his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva (’Le Nozze di Figaro’).
He has since sung in a wide range of Operas including Geneva (Hamlet and Pelleas); Paris (Papageno, Pelleas, Guglielmo, Yeletsky, Dandini and Wozzeck); Vienna (Eugene Onegin, Figaro, Marcello, Count Almaviva, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, Papageno and Posa); at the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Belcore, Marcello, Papageno and Count Almvaviva) and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Billy Budd under Hickox, Count Almaviva and Ford under Haitink, Valentin, Pelleas and Posa under Pappano, Hamlet under Langrée, Prospero in the world premiere of ‘The Tempest’ under Ades and Oreste under Bolton).
For Billy Budd at ENO and Winston in the world premiere of ‘1984’ at the Royal Opera House, Simon won the 2006 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in Opera. In 2007 he was given the ECHO Klassik award for male Singer of the Year.
Most recently he has been honoured as Musical America’s 2011 Vocalist of the Year.
Simon enjoys extensive concert work, including appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Abbado, the Berlin Philharmonic under Abbado, the London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, the Philharmonia under von Dohnanyi and Sawallisch, the Vienna Philharmonic under Muti.
For E.M.I. he has recorded two recital discs with Malcolm Martineau. He has also recorded ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ under Rattle for E.M.I.; the title role in ‘Don Giovanni’ under Abbado for D.G.; ‘Carmina Burana’ under Thielemann for D.G.; Marcello in ‘La Bohème’ under Chailly for Decca; the title role in ‘Billy Budd’ under Hickox; Papageno in ‘The Magic Flute’ under Mackerras for Chandos and Count Almaviva in the Grammy award-winning ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ under Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi.
For Sony BMG Simon has released an orchestral arias disc, which won the Gramophone 2007 best recital award and an operetta disc with Angelika Kirchschlager.
Simon was made a CBE in 2003.
Simon Keenlyside & World Hunger Day
Simon performed on World Hunger Day at a Gala Concert in aid of The Hunger Project. The evening, entitled ‘Dionne Warwick & Friends’ featured stars from Opera, Musical Theatre and Popular Music including the Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae and the incredible Orchestra of The Southbank Sinfonia. Many thanks to our patron Gary Avis, Monica Mason and the team at the Royal Opera House for their support. The evening was led by the legendary Dionne Warwick and also included Multi-Grammy Award Winner, Natalie Cole; and the First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige.
Find out more about World Hunger Day and how you can Get Involved
Watch the World Hunger Day launch video on YouTube, featuring Tim Holder, Dionne Warwick & Åsa Skogström Feldt