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Kew March 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

francemusique will broadcast the 24 March performance of Wozzeck on 6 April.


Neil Evans March 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

I went to school with Simon Keenlyside or Kanga as he was known and I thought some of you might be interested to know what I remember of him.I am 3 years younger than him,so can’t lay claim to having known him as it was an all boys boarding school and sixth formers (as he was) had nothing to do with us 3rd form plebs, other than boss us around.I do however remember him very clearly as he was by far the best sportsman in the school and being in my house(1 of 4 in the school),we all idolized him.He played on the wing in our 1st xv rugby team and we would have to stand in the rain and support them,an air of expectation would go up when he got the ball.he still holds the school 100m record of 10.9,he would have given Alan Wells a run for his money,maybe he did?He also still holds the long jump record of 6.78 m,he was our superstar.As for his singing,he used to do the odd recital in chapel but not many of us appreciated his musical gift.I remember him having an air of serenity about him,he was quietly spoken and used to have one good mate he would go around with and wasn’t at all brash or loud like many of his peers.When he was a prefect and would supervise our prep(homework)he never had to throw his weight around as many did,everyone respected him.Finally,I’ve seen him a couple of times on stage and apart from having shorter hair,he’s hardly changed.It’s great he’s done so well and although he won’t remember me,please pass this homage onto him if you are able to.Thanks,Neil Evans.

Jane March 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Well that is a truly wonderful homage to Simon! I know he doesn’t acknowledge compliments very easily but it would be so nice if he saw this. How very well respected and highly regarded he was through his sheer talent on the sports field and his calm, unassuming approach to others. (Shame they weren’t aware of his huge musical talent, but I realise he didn’t do much music between St John’s as a treble and St John’s as a choral scholar!) I am sure it would bring a smile to his face to read this. Thank you so much Neil Evans for giving us a little glimpse of the younger Simon.

Neil Evans March 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’m sure those in the know appreciated his musical talent,but all we were listening to at that time was Pink Floyd’s dark side of the moon,it was always blaring out of the sixth form dormitory.Neil Evans

Elizabeth Paciello March 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Hi Neil,
How I enjoyed your comments about Simon the sportsman – particularly the rugby playing! I’m amused at how you were a big fan of his on the touchline – I was about 12 or 13 when my brother took me to watch my first rugby match (we are talking 1950s!) Newport v Blackheath, final score 7 converted tries for Newport (then) 35 pts, Blackheath 0 pts! I was hooked!
I trust Simon knew which team to cheer for last Saturday (- what a match! still a huge smile on my face!) – after all he does say that Wales is the true home of his heart …. ! (Am watching prog about Gareth Thomas – Alfie – on tv at mo know who I mean? 100 caps)
Also, a speaker, can’t remember his name, at our Cardiff Recorded Music Society 2 or 3 years ago, was the music teacher at your school – bit of name dropping on his part – remembered Simon as this fine sportsman in the 6th form! Ring any bells?
Regards Liz

Kazuko Yoshida April 26, 2013 at 12:00 am

Good evening dear Simon, Today I saw at Mezzo.TV for the first time ,because in the TV programme in France, I found your name . Since I saw >Don Carlo> with Rolando Villazon by DVD, I apriciate very much your performance. This version woth the scean in Fontainebleau is very good, and stage is also very nice. The duets of Carlo and Rodrigo are very beautiful and emotionel.
Your performance of Macbth is impressionant with Kady Macbeth by Ludmira(?)
Thank you so much for your singing. I like very much the voice of barytone.
Please excuse me my poor English, because I live in Paris , and speak always French, if you speak French also, I’ll wright you at next time in French. I hope you good luck for your opera in future.
Best regards.

Kazuko Yoshida April 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

Dear Simon,
Yestaday I wrote un long message to you, but by my bad manipulation to send my message, it was lost.
I’ll wright again about your studies (violn, antholopology, drawing and singing). Today I ordered a DVD of of ROH, and I’ll receive it next Monday.I am very happy to have found it by Internet.
I spent my this evning to read your performances almost of the opera, I found your next performance of Macbeth at Staatsoper in München on July 2014 with Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja. It will be wonderful casting. I went to london to see the performance of by Anna Netrebko on June 2010.
For Joseph Calleja, I listened his concert at the TCE in Paris on 2013 January.

Many years ago I have been in München and could go to the Staatsoper to see and also the recital of Dietlich Fischer-Diskau at Residence Hall, but I could not listn the Lieder. It wasthe evbing concer for the french melodies. I studied German to understand the parols , when I sing hte Lieder of Schubert or Schumann that I love very much.
If I could come next year to München to see by you three great singers, it will be wondeful for me. I thank you from bottom of my heart to give us the great pleasure to live with Beautiful Musik in this world. I wish you the good performance of opera in future.
Good night!! Kazuko from Paris

diana jones April 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi all,

I have just found this video on You Tube of Simon and Zenaida’s film “Eurydice, She so Beloved”


Kazuko Yoshida April 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Question to team SK,
I’m apreciarting this site SK. I nerver find the site like yours which is very complet with many index to find evry thing to what I am interesting . But I don’t understand why you have cut some names of opera or DVD which I have told in my message of yestaday ? What are the reasons of this cutting .Please give me your reason. Thank you in advaance.

DVD of ROH 2011, or the opera I have seen at Staatsoper in München many many years ago.

With my best rregards,
Kazuko from Paris

Petra April 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Hello Kazuko

I only “approved” your comments, I did no editing – they are as they appeared on the website!

best wishes

Kyoko May 4, 2013 at 1:07 am

Let me send you the link to tonight’s applause video “Magic Flute”. Best regards, Kyoko

Akiko May 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm


I’ve just found that mezzo soprano Elisabeth Kulman founded a campaign for obtaining decent rehearsal pay and accommodation rights for singers in opera houses and festivals. Sorry, I’m not good at German, but found some directors, journalists, and artists in including Simon support this campaign.


kang May 6, 2013 at 12:48 am

I’m reading the link that Akiko gave above, but I don’t see any clue how Simon is involved in the matter. Yes, they have Simon’s name on it, but there is no statement by him and no journalist mentions him in their reports. Anybody has an idea? I’d like to know what Simon himself thinks about this issue.

Petra May 6, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi Kang,
The article says: “Elisabeth Kulmans öffentliche Kritik fand Bekräftigung durch ihre Opernkollegen Laura Aikin, Marlis Petersen, Markus Brück, Thomas Moser, Jonas Kaufmann und Simon Keenlyside” and this is true. The Don Giovanni in Salzburg 2013 was cancelled by him because of the reasons E.Kulman names.

kang May 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

Thank you for the information, Petra.
You mean the Don Giovanni in 2014? They say in Salzburger Nachrihten that Welser-Möst cancelled the Da Ponte Cycle, which had been planned for the years 2013 – 2015, because he couldn’t agree with the hard conditions for the singers(3 performances in 5 days etc.). Is Simon’s cancellation also related to it?

Petra May 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

yes got the year wrong – Festival 2014, sorry.

Luke June 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm


Do you know if there are any plans to release “The Tempest” from the Met on DVD? I’ve already read somewhere on here that the ROH “Eugene Onegin” will be released sometime in October.

Thank you.

diana jones June 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

Hi Luke,

I contacted the Met to ask about a dvd of The Tempest a while ago, but they said there weren’t plans to release it at that time, but couldn’t say a definite yes or no to a future release. It is available on the Metopera website to watch online if you pay a subscription fee. You can also see Simon’s Hamlet and Don Carlo on there.


Nicole July 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I’d like to pay Simon this complement: his rendition (whether live or on the “Tales of Opera” CD) of the aria “Per me giunto” from DON CARLO is my favorite of the many I’ve heard. I had the privilege of seeing Simon in the part of Rodrigo in December 2010 when the Met broadcast DON CARLO live in HD. It was my first time hearing and seeing him, and during the aria I teared up and always do so now when I play the “Tales of Opera” rendition. He’s a delightfully unpretentious and spontaneous singing actor with a beautiful legato line. It was wonderful too to read in OPERA NEWS of his admiration for my all-time favorite baritone, Sherrill Milnes. Well, since 2010 Simon has held a firm position on my list of favorite baritones. I’m only sorry that I “came to” his art so late.

Ally August 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

As I know Simon always said he was not so interested in French version of “Don Carlo”.

Internet rumors about Met 2014-2015.

“Don Carlos with Barbara Frittoli, Nadia Krasteva, Jonas Kaufmann/Yonghoon Lee, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto. Chef d’orchestre for the first-ever Met performances in the original French will be Yannick Nézet-Séguin.”

I like it!!

Petra August 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm
DK August 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Tickets (free but must be booked) for the RCM masterclass on 16 October are now available:

I hope to be there! :)

Irina October 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

Information from Opera de Paris’ web-site:


I didn’t find this concert in schedule on this site. Is this information of Opera de Paris correct?

Petra October 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks Irina. we did not know – will add it as soon as possible.

Petra October 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

WARNING: Asconas Holt has not yet answered about the concert in Paris next June and someone who ordered a ticket got a ticket with “Thomas Hampson soloist” written on it …. quite confusing!!
Add-on: Simon ist stepping in for Thomas Hampson!! He will definitely sing this concert.

Ally October 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I have a question about Simon’s performance with Cleveland Orchestra in Miami – January 31st and February 1st. This recital is mentioned in ‘Performance’ and not in ‘Schedule’. Maybe I missed something – will Simon perform and what will he sing, if the answer is YES?

The programmes taken from different sources (SK info and Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami) are confusing: orchestra works and ‘STRAUSS Songs’ are in both programmes but instead of ‘DUPARC Mélodies’ Knight Concert Hall web site listed ‘DEBUSSY. Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien’.

Petra October 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

Hi Ally
that’s why I still not have added it in the schedule – I have asked Asconas Holt for an updated list of Simon’s future performances and then I will update.

best wishes

Ally October 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thank you, Petra.

I still have high hopes of Miami concert but don’t buy tickets … waiting

Gudrun October 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Simon’s Papageno at La Scala 1995 complete on Youtube:

Ann Oldroyd November 1, 2013 at 6:42 am

Stunning title role performance from Simon last night in the Royal Opera House’s Wozzeck. Unremittingly bleak piece. The singing and physicality of his acting took my breath away.

diana jones November 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

Someone has very kindly put the whole of the Met’s 2010 production of Don Carlo on You Tube. Catch it before it disappears!!


Jane November 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I expect most people realise, but Radio 3 is broadcasting a recent performance of Wozzeck on this coming Monday evening starting at 7:30pm. There was some good publicity for it on the radio this morning.
~ Jane

Jane December 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

Well I wonder how many people who listened to Wozzeck last night were as moved by it as I was? Having recently seen it more than once at the ROH, I didn’t expect the impact of a radio broadcast to be greater than the live stage performance in which the visual element played a key role, or so I thought….but how wrong I was for I was in tears several times last night as I sat listening to it. I was completely spellbound by Simon’s voice – I didn’t need any visual images – obviously I could (and did) picture the production in my mind after seeing it so recently – but Simon conveyed so much in his voice, covering the whole gamut of emotions. I thought it was an outstanding performance, especially considering the physical demands of the role and what he had to do at the end of that particular production – climbing into that tank of water and staying there virtually motionless for around 8 minutes, looking for all the world as if he had indeed drowned. I cannot imagine that many of his opera colleagues would do what he did in that production. He is truly remarkable.

Sue December 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Jane. For those of you who are able, I can’t recommend enough that you listen again to yesterday’s broadcast to appreciate fully the remarkable colours of the piece and the nuanced performances. Possibly an even more cathartic experience than it was in the theatre. Bravo Simon and all those involved.

Akiko December 17, 2013 at 4:01 am

Simon will sing arias at Budapest in March.

Petra December 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks a lot Akiko!!!

Colin Anderson December 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi Simon,

No reason why you should remember me, but we met at the Chandos Macbeth sessions. I edit http://www.classicalsource.com – on there you will find a review by Richard Nicholson of your recent Barbican Hall recital. The link is: http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_concert_review.php?id=11639

All the best for Christmas.


diana jones December 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

Merry Christmas to Simon, Zenaida and children. Also to Petra and all at SK.info, and all the friends I’ve made through this fabulous website. Have a wonderful time everyone! – Diana.

Jane December 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

I would like to add my very best wishes to Simon, Zenaida and the children too. I hope you all have a wonderful time together this Christmas and thank you so much Simon for all your beautiful singing this year ~ looking forward to more great music in 2014.
~ Jane

Christa January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I went to the 2nd Nozze performance and it was wonderful. Not only SK whose acting was suberb but by all cast.

Bill Palik February 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I see that Simon is scheduled to sing in Don Carlo at the Met in 2014-15, but it says nothing about its being the French version. At any rate, I am glad he is back at the Met after missing the current season. Of course, there are many operas on the roster (Nozze, Macbeth, etc) that he could improve by his presence, but I have the impression Don Carlo is his sole gig, alas. I wonder if his late April Lincoln Center French recital does not coincide more or less with his run of Rodrigos (or Rodrigues).

Akiko March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

Hello SK info team,

Edinburgh International Festival have just launched 2014 schedule. Simon’s recital on 20th Aug.

Diana jones April 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

If you go to http://www.johnrpierce.com/blog/2014/04/07 you can listen to Simon’s 2004 live performance of Winterreise.


Diana jones May 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

According to Royal Central, Simon is doing a royal gala concert at St John’s Smith Square this Wednesday, the 14th. Does anyone know if this is open to the public?

Petra May 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

Have found the link now too
- we have no idea. Have asked his agent but I assume IF it is “public” only for a public with a lot of money ;-)
Gwyn has spoken to the Box Office at St John’s Smith Square and can now advise that this event is not open to the public.

Elizabeth Paciello December 12, 2014 at 2:36 am

Hi Everybody,
I think it is very pleasing when one singer praises another without prompting. An example – recently in our Cardiff Recorded Music Society meeting we had the pleasure of “An Evening with David Kempster”. He was the guest of and was interviewed by Chris Ball, who is a very big supporter of the Welsh National Opera Company.
David was most entertaining, chose some great recordings, only one with him in it and that in an ensemble where he sang very little – cough and you missed him! He has a nice sense of humour, came over as modest, and he felt he had had a very happy and worthwhile career.
I had a little chat with David initially before the talk, when I was making a coffee for him. Told him I hadn’t risked bringing an apple with me – I had just seen him in WNO production of William Tell!
Said I really preferred baritones to tenors, although they rarely got the girl! However he quoted Papageno, said I had seen Royal Opera version. (Thought it impolite to say I had gone to see my favourite baritone in it!).
David referred to various baritones, he mentioned Simon, and as an aside added he thought Simon was a very fine Hamlet – wasn’t that nice? and who am I to disagree?!
We joked about the BariHulk scenario – he is in his late forties, tall and handsome, a contender? – but he has had thoughts to begin a BariLump group! Needless to say I asked him when the calendar is coming out ….!
Regards and Happy Christmas to all

Diana jones December 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Merry Christmas to all the team at SK.info. Thank you for all the work you do to keep us informed and up to date on what Simon is up to, even when, as with this past week, the news isn’t always good!
To Simon, a very happy Christmas to you and your beautiful family, and I hope you are feeling much better now. Thank you for the pleasure you bring to all of your many admirers!

Martin March 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

April 14 and 15, 2016 Simon Keenlyside, together with Christianne Stotijn, will perform Adès’ Totentanz.
The composer conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Diana Sanderson March 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Very sad news. One of the earliest members of the original site set up by Janet and Jane, Nikki Braterman died yesterday, having suffered with leukemia for some time. She leaves a husband and two young children .I did contact SK’s agents to ask if he might send her a greeting .I did not at that stage give any details of Nikki. Sadly, they probably thought it was just a stunt and never acknowledged my email.

Sue March 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

This is indeed sad news, Diana. Such a tragedy for a young family to loose its mother. I didn’t know Nikki but being one of the very, very many grateful beneficiaries of the work of the sk.info team I would like to send my commiserations to her family and friends.

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