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More reviews of the first performance of Winterreise at Wigmore Hall

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Tweets about yesterday’s Winterreise at Wigmore Hall (first performance of two)

  • “What a performance of Winterreise! Thank you Simon Keenlyside, thank you Emanuel Ax! #winterresie #schubert”

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  • “Photo: Brilliant the #baritone Simon #Keenlyside and #EmanuelAx on the #piano #Schubert #Winterreise… “

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  • “Best preparation the night before a German-themed lunchtime concert? Pageturning Winterreise for Simon Keenlyside&Emmanuel Ax @wigmore_hall”
  • “In contrast to #JK’s fragile vulnerability, Keenlyside was a tormented soul right from the beginning #Winterreise”
  • “Insigtful & soulful Wintereise from Simon Keenlyside for captivated capacity audience @wigmore_hall tonight. #memorable”
  • “Exquisite artistry from @EmanuelAx & Simon Keenlyside in their 1st of 2 #Winterreise recitals @wigmore_hall this eve2″

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  • “Maestro Bernard Haitink embraces Simon Keenlyside after a magnificent winter journey at WH with Emanuel Ax. #superb”

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  • “Another brilliant evening @wigmore_hall last night with Simon Keenlyside + @EmanuelAx. Photo by @SimonJayPrice “

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There are already first reviews too ….

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  • “Wonderful @CCMusicFest Winterreise tonight. Thank you @skbaritoneinfo & @EmanuelAx :-) #music”
  • “Sensational Winterreise tonight from incomparable @skbaritoneinfo & @EmanuelAx Catch them @wigmore_hall 22nd & 24th if you can get a ticket!”

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Simon has been named in the Music Maker section of the London Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 most influential people:

Simon Keenlyside
Baritone
NEW ENTRY
With his wonderfully rich, coppery voice, and his performances renowned for their physicality and intensity, Keenlyside has conquered opera houses all over the world. Even on the concert platform he has a startlingly hyper-expressive delivery, to which his perambulatory stage manner contributes.

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We have found two Tweets – it appears that Simon has been giving master classes over the last couple of days:

  • “It’s been a lovely couple of days, having been lucky enough to have masterclasses with Simon Keenlyside!”
  • “Woke up and remembered for the next three days I’ll be working with Simon Keenlyside… #clang #lucky”

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Curtain call photos and Tweets about yesterday’s (last) Rigoletto of the series at ROH:

      • “Keenlyside was really terrific as #ROHRigoletto. Other leads would have done better avoiding high notes. Was glad to see the end of Gilda.”
      • “Simon Keenlyside once again showing how it’s done in @RoyalOperaHouse Rigoletto. All the stars, boy!”
      • “Loved #ROHrigoletto tonight @TheRoyalOpera a fantastic opera with a great cast”
      • “Really mixed bag for tonight’s #ROHrigoletto. It certainly proves that a fantastic *Rigoletto* isn’t enough !”
      • “@TheRoyalOpera My first #Rigoletto and loved it, the singers were excellent and  #SimonKeenlyside really outstanding – wonderful evening”
      • “Aleksandra Kurzak was awesome as Gilda in #ROHrigoletto tonight. Simon Keenlyside & Saimir Pirgu also excellent. @RoyalOperaHouse”
      • “Superb #ROHrigoletto last night @TheRoyalOpera. Poor Rigoletto couldn’t wriggle outta that curse, but my word could he sing! “

and a Tweet from Duncan Rock ( @DRock_baritone) with this photo

      • “A pleasure working with this guy! A wonderful artist and thoroughly decent, down to earth man. He sings good too…. “

 

Duncan Rock with SK

News of the Vienna Opera: The Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung will take over the new production of “Rigoletto”, he will conduct all performances except 27. December which will be conducted by Guillermo García Calvo.

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Tweets and curtain call photos of yesterday’s Rigoletto

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  • “Simon Keenlyside. That’s all. #ROHrigoletto”
  • “It’s the interval – Simon Keenlyside’s Rigoletto is brilliant. The rest of the cast ain’t too shabby, either. #ROHrigoletto”
  • “Simon Keenlyside broke my heart tonight as poor tormented Rigoletto. #ROHrigoletto”
  • “#ROHrigoletto Rigoletto’s last, pitiful “non lasciami…” was utterly devastating tonight. What an artist Simon Keenlyside is.”
  • “Simon Keenlyside, commanding a scene faultlessly, prone on the stage. One of the most compelling performers I’ve ever seen. #ROHrigoletto”
  • “#ROHrigoletto at @RoyalOperaHouse – terrific performance from all! Not a dry eye in the house”
  • “I ❤️ Rigoletto tonight at the @RoyalOperaHouse . Wonderful cast!”
  • “”Revenge is no laughing matter.” The brilliant Simon Keenlyside, who owned @RoyalOperaHouse tonight. #ROHrigoletto http://t.co/xHAqw0t7dR
  • “Stage completely owned by @simonkeenlyside, & some unexpected LT talent @justinagringyte. Simply bravo! #ROHrigoletto”

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Click on cover to be able to download the whole CD or certain tracks incl. booklet …

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Some Tweets on yesterday’s Rigoletto

  • “#ROHrigoletto @RoyalOperaHouse was mind blowingly AMAZING. Kurzak was phenomenal and Simon Keenlyside may now only be referred to as God.”
  • “#ROHrigoletto @RoyalOperaHouse was awesome! @skbaritoneinfo Brindley Sherratt and aleksandra kursak were utterly brilliant. #betterthantrav?”
  • “Last saw Simon Keenlyside singing Gigi and Stranger in Paradise in Austria, now Rigoletto at @RoyalOperaHouse. Utterly phenomenal, loved it!”
  • “Stunning production of #rigoletto @RoyalOperaHouse. Simon keenlyside was heartwrenchingly amazing.”
  • “Keenlyside’s Rigoletto an astounding feat of mind over matter. He doesn’t spare himself as actor or singer. Gripping from first to last.” (Hugh Canning/The Times)
  • #ROHrigoletto @RoyalOperaHouse was absolutely brilliant tonight! One of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time. 5* cast + production”
  • “wonderful production of Rigoleto, with an amazing cast of Pirgu, kurzak and keenlyside,Thank you ROH”
  • #Keenlyside is #Rigoletto. What a performance!”
  • “@TheRoyalOpera Yes, Keenlyside was great as Rigoletto – a totally integrated dramatic and musical interpretation”

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Listen now to two short audio samplers of tracks from Simon’s new CD “Something’s Gotta Give”, due for release on 01 November.
Many thanks to Chandos for permission to use these samplers!

Just a few tickets left for Simon’s Winterreise with Emanuel Ax at St James’s, Chipping Campden on 20 October. To book contact: charlie@campdenmusic.co.uk

 

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