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Doodles

Doodles drawn by Simon Keenlyside

Simon has very kindly donated a doodle for National Doodle Day, which along with many other celebrity doodles was auctioned on 27 February 2009 at www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk.

“National Doodle Day is about having fun whilst raising funds to help people whose lives are affected by epilepsy and neurofibromatosis. Enter our national competition and doodle alongside hundreds of celebrities and help us build on the £160,000 raised so far!”

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Simon donated a doodle (below) to the Wigmore Hall Midsummer Auction which took place 19 June 2008. Details of bids will be posted on www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/gala from Friday 20 June 2008. Simon’s doodle raised £900

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The 2007 doodle by SK to be auctioned on e-bay for National Doodle Day starting on 23 February in aid of Epilepsy Action and the Neurofibromatosis Association. See http://www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk/ for more celebrity doodles and to place a bid (and see below for SK’s 2005 and 2006 contributions).

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Above: SK penning a doodle for the Friends of Munich Opera

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Above: SK’s contribution to the book, Mein Mozart (“58 personalised best wishes for the 250 Birthday of the composer”). Below is a detail featuring a self portrait of SK as Papageno with “duck hat”, family and bird-catching paraphernalia.

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The book can be ordered through Amazon.de – Click on the book cover (below) for details

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Doodles by SK that were auctioned on e-bay for National Doodle Day in aid of Epilepsy Action and the Neurofibromatosis Association in 2005 and 2006.

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Doodles from an interview in Rondo (4/06), captions translated by Ursula Turecek: The “travelling singer” Keenlyside is reflecting his own artist’s life as an eminently talented drawer: still life as Count from “Figaro” with dead fowl [above] and bird-catcher Papageno after his failed attempt to commit suicide with rather lively chicks in the nest [below].

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Doodles from the CD Tales of Opera

Crescendo, July 2006

Translated by Ursula Turecek

Opera singers as comic-strip artists

Ink-tenor and picture-baritone

Villazon_doodleRolando Villazón is a jack-of-all-trades. He looks like opera’s Mr. Bean – and sometimes he also behaves as if he was. After the rehearsals for “La Traviata” he painted [sic] the scenes at the hotel. An ironic glimpse at the big, colourful operatic circus where divas make their marks and tenors crave apprecitation.

For Villazón opera is a large playground and a realm for a thousand and one stories – he does not tell them, but he draws them.

Baritones mostly are in the tenors’ shadow. This is not so with Simon Keenlyside. When he performs as the “barber” in Rossini’s opera there is not a dry eye in the house. Alongside his perfectly employed voice the singer attaches greatest importance to acting and to the expression of his body – to turning his characters’ inner lives outwards.

Keenlyside is a very clever singer. To concentrate he paints [sic] – operatic scenes or little drawings. Other than with Villazón it’s not the banging humour that is at the fore with him but rather the melancholy smile. That’s how they are, the baritones. A new aria album by the baritone has just appeared. The Briton is singing his way through the operatic history on his debut-solo album “Tales of Opera”. Mostly with great esprit, clever interpretation and a highly articulate phrasing.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Nicola Watson January 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

You always were a man of many talents!!

emma bernini April 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

I disegni di Simon Keenkyside sono belli: segno deciso e caratterizzato. Colpisce anche l’ironia con cui tratta i soggetti e li interpreta

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