Simon Keenlyside British baritone Simon Keenlyside is among today’s most sought-after and praised singers. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at Severance Hall in 2000, and has performed with the Orchestra in Europe and Cleveland on a number of occasions since that time. During his week in Cleveland this season, he is singing as soloist with the Orchestra as well as performing Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle in recital (May 19). Mr. Keenlyside performs regularly on the world’s great opera stages, from Barcelona to New York, London, and Zurich. His repertoire ranges from newer works to standards of the 18th and 19th centuries — by composers including Adès, Berg, Debussy, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi. His 2018-19 season features engagements with the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, and Berlin’s Deutsche Oper. In concert, his collaborations include appearances in London and Vienna, as well as this week’s performances in Cleveland. As a renowned recitalist, Mr. Keenlyside sings regularly in major venues around the world. His schedule this season includes recitals in North America in Vancouver, Quebec, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Washington D.C., and in Europe in Amsterdam, Vienna, and London — collaborating with Malcolm Martineau, Emanuel Ax, Natalia Katyukova, and Julius Drake. Mr. Keenlyside’s discography includes recordings on the Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, and Sony BMG labels. He can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Mozart’s The
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Marriage of Figaro with conductor René Jacobs, and also received Gramophone’s 2007 best recital award and 2012 solo vocal award. For Britten’s Billy Budd at English National Opera and Maazel’s 1984 at the Royal Opera House, he was given the 2006 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in opera. Born in London to a musical family, Simon Keenlyside pursued violin lessons as a child before entering the choir school of St. John’s College Cambridge at age eight. He studied anthropology and zoology before deciding to become a professional musician. At the Royal Northern College of Music, he studied voice with John Cameron and was later a student of Rudolf Knoll at Salzburg’s Mozarteum. Mr. Keenlyside made his professional debut in 1988 with the Hamburg State Opera, and soon thereafter joined Scottish Opera before embarking on his international career. Mr. Keenlyside was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 and received a knighthood in the 2018 Birthday Honours. In 2017, he was made a Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera. Other honors include an Echo Klassik award as male singer of the year in 2007 and being named Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year in 2011.
May 23-25 Sibelius & Strauss May 30- June 1 An American in Paris