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Curtain call photos of the performance of Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House on 09 December have now been added to the performance page, together with four more reviews and an extended Twitter Roundup. Click on photo…

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A number of curtain call photos from yesterday’s matinee performance of Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House have now been added to the performance page. Click on photo…

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A few more reviews of Simon singing Tonio in the current Royal Opera House production of Pagliacci have now been added to the peformance page. Click on photo to read…

 

From the archives:  We have discovered more information about Simon’s Royal Opera House debut as Silvio in Pagliacci in 1989, when the role of Tonio was sung by Piero Cappuccilli. Simon shared the role of Silvio with Anthony Michaels-Moore – it appears that Simon sang the later performances at Covent Garden, but we do not know exactly which dates. We do now know, however, that he also sang the role of Silvio at a concert performance of Pagliacci with the Royal Opera at Kenwood Lakeside in Hampstead, London, on 23 July 1989, with the same cast. An extract from a review of this concert performance has now been added to the performance page – click here to read. A huge thank you to our friend who tracked down this review for us!

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The first very enthusiastic reviews of Simon as Tonio in Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House have now been added to the performance page. Click on photo to read…

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Wonderful to see Simon back on the Royal Opera House stage last night, making his role debut as Tonio in Pagliacci. Curtain call photos of yesterday’s sensational show have now been added to the performance page. Click on photo to view…

Twitter Roundup

Below are just some of the great comments that appeared on Twitter after the first night of the Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci double bill:

What a spectacular return to the Royal Opera House, stealing the show (even the show he wasn’t in) by being the finest, most charismatic actor on stage, biting into and colouring the text, & singing splendidly. WELCOME BACK SIMON #ROHCavPag

#ROHCavPag Simon Keenlyside’s Prologo was a mini-opera in itself. So glad to see him back where he belongs.

Cool patrician @elinagaranca as Santuzza and wonderful to have Simon Keenlyside back on stage @TheRoyalOpera with his inimitable wild duck routine #rohCavPag  

Wonderful production, amazing cast! Glorious singing by #Simon Keenlyside #ROHcavpag

Superb singing in an inspired production: #ROHcavpag Highlights were Hymel’s anguished, thrilling Turiddu, Garanča’s vocally glamourous Santuzza, Keenlyside’s commanding, insinuating Tonio and the multi-talented @ROHchorus

Pagliacci cast also top drawer – Keenlyside singing fabulously as Alfio (sic!) – who knew – and Giannattasio sounding even better than last time as Nedda (is there a Tosca here…?) #ROHcavpag

A superb evening of verismo, swept along by the singers in a fantastic staging #rohcavpag

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Simon and  Zenaida Yanowsky  will be on BBC Radio 3 Music Matters at 12.15 on Saturday 18 November, talking to Tom Service  “about their shared life in music and dance”.

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Simon was interviewed by Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera, at the Agrana Studio on Tuesday 17 October. Their conversation was wide ranging and very entertaining – conducted mostly in German, with occasional lapses into English. For more details and photos click on picture below….

Reminder:  There will be a livestream broadcast of Pelléas et Mélisande from the Vienna State Opera this evening, with Simon singing Golaud. Click here for more information.

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Some curtain call photos of last night’s performance of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Vienna State Opera have now been added to the performance page, together with some reviews. Click on photo….

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Some curtain call photos and details of the encores from Simon’s recital at the Palais Garnier, Paris, last Sunday, 17 September, have now been added to the performance page. Click on photo….

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A great review of Simon’s recital with Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood on 23 August has been added to the performance page. Click here to read…

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