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Rev Christopher Breeds June 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

Congratulations on your knighthood, Simon! We just get to have tea with the Queen, but you get the whole sword ritual. We still love you and if you are ever in Rye, then please come and see us again.

Peace and love from Christopher and Kay

Gudrun August 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

The Tanglewood concert on 18 August will be streamed/ broadcast:

Gwyn April 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

Sadly there are no DVDs of Simon’s Rigoletto, Pelleas, Prince Andrei or Wolfram. There are a number of his other great performances available on DVD, however, including Macbeth, Papageno, Posa and Orfeo….

jilly simmons April 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Hi. Are there any available DVDs of Simon performing any works by Wagner or in Pelléas et Melisande, Rigoletto or War and Peace please?

Gudrun August 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

According to the “Online-Merker”, the Brahms Requiem, which will be recorded at St. Florian on 23 August (Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Simon Keenlyside), will be broadcast by ORF on 1 October (Allerheiligen) and a DVD and Blu Ray will be available at Christmas.

Grant Barnes August 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Happy Birthday poem:

with your climbing, my friend, may high hills
shrink at each step into mounds, to just dust;
may, in every land, greeting begin with, dearest,
to pause with, Such a blessing, softly entoned.

in any frozen winds and sleet you may yet face
as you step through others’ haughty crusades,
may your warmth always make them lag and stop,
their vehemence, like a palm, bend to your grace.

Lee Kefauver July 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

I just received my August edition of the Met’s Opera News and it contains a great review of Oliver! with glowing comments on SK’s performance. It appears on page 37. A short quote: “Always a resourceful actor, Keenlyside made Fagin into a complex, at least partially sympathetic figure, making every word tell and putting each of his numbers over effectively, as well as joining skillfully in the busy ensemble routines; his was the finest performance onstage and quite properly the centerpiece of the show.”–George Hall

Let me know if you cannot access the entire review and I will type it out for you.

Gudrun May 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Just found this new concert date: Prague 10 January 2017, Blue Skies
Tickets are already on sale.


Angelika, Austria May 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

Simon cancelled Graz too. After that wonderful concert in Madrid, which I had the chance to hear, I was so full of hope! Very sad! I wish him a soon recovery!

Martin Cooke May 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Dear Simon,

Just found your website and enjoyed browsing very much and looking forward to seeing you with us in July for the Travs.

Warm regards,

Martin Cooke

David Webb January 22, 2016 at 12:14 am

Great that I discovered in a brochure of Big Voices ( Grosse Stimmen) Simon’s recital in Essen pm 7 May. Even better news, I managed to get tickets. I’ll network it around the peole I know to fill the hall even more. I just read about his post operation recovery so hope that will continue to heal well. It is beginning to feel like at Out-post of the Wigmore Hall over here: Graham Johnson comes every year and gives Lieder recitals at the Ruhr Piano Festival & last year brought Felicity Lott. Just like my old London days.

All the best

David Webb

Stephanie Baker November 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

I remember reading Simon’s name in the chorus of Scottish Opera and am so glad he is doing so well. I hope his wife is fully recovered and that his voice has had the rest it needs. Please send my best wishes from a Scottish Opera fan who now lives in Switzerland.

Casto Onó July 31, 2015 at 12:21 am

Hi everybody. Just a couple lines to share the joy of discovering Simon for the first time. We got awesome Opera singers where I come from. Maybe that’s the reason why I never came across Simon Keenlyside. And as with brand new romances, now everything begins and ends with Simon. I’m so glad to know he is such huge star, well known and recognized. It might seem difficult to fall in love with somebody with a duck on the top of his head. But there you are: I’m always attracted to finest things. By now, he just saved “the Magic Flute” for me. Listened to it a thousand times, but only I liked -and understood- Keenlyside’s. Grateful to him forever. Casto, Madrid, Spain.

Kew July 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm


The August issue of OperaNews has an article about Robin Ticciati, and Simon’s comment was quoted in it.

Enjoy reading!

Diana jones July 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

Interesting that Simon will sing in Oliver at Grange Park next year. Is that instead of, or in addition to Hamlet?

seb June 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

in the sunday times culture supplement it says next year simon will be playing fagin at grange park opera in `oliver`.

gawd help us says critic who doesn’t approve of cheque-book signings (e.g. bryn terfel currently in fiddler on the roof).


Petra May 28, 2015 at 7:06 pm

yes, we forgot to add it. Will add this weekend.

Ingrid Grabner May 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

According to Wiener Staatsoper, there three performances of Un Ballo in Maschere with Simon Keenlyside on 12/15/18 Jan.2016

Lee Kefauver April 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Hi, all!

I just received my copy of Opera News, The Metropolitan Opera magazine, and there is a wonderful article entitled “Settling the Score, Well, she should never be singing that.” It has a long section on SK that is great.
That section is headlined: “The term ‘Verdi baritone’ is so nebulous as to be meaningless.” Their online address is: http://www.operanews.com. If they won’t let you re-print the article, I will be happy to type the section on Simon and send it to you.

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