Simon will give a masterclass at the Royal College of Music at 2pm on Wednesday 10 February 2016. According to the RCM website, this masterclass offers the chance to see Simon working with RCM song duos on lieder repertoire by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf. Entry to the masterclass is free, but tickets must be booked in advance via the above link.
We are sorry to advise that Simon has had to cancel his three recitals in December (Brussels 7.12, Strasbourg 12.12 and Vienna 14.12) as well as his “Simon Keenlyside and Friends” concert at the Wigmore Hall on 26 January 2016.
Simon has asked us to publish the following message explaining the need for these cancellations:
A Message from Simon:
To all of you that might have bought tickets and flights with your hard earned money, I am so sorry that I must come out of all my December recitals, as well as from the Wigmore small-piece band concert in January.
I had an unexpected operation to remove some of my thyroid at the end of September having returned from singing Macbeth in Japan with the Royal Opera. I had the all clear and so all will be well, but a complication in the healing process of the neck, has set me back a bit. Frustrating in the extreme, but Mother Nature has her imperatives and I must just be patient and work steadily, and as she will allow.
I will still be singing my Schubert Wigmore recital on January 31st 2016, but even though the small-piece band date is before that…..it will take too much work. All the detail and love and passion of making programmes. I am full of hot ideas and fun, but I cannot do that right now when swallowing is uncomfortable. So…there it is. I’m sorry to all of you for spending your money and having to let you down. This was kind of out of my control.
All very best to all of you.
We would like to thank Simon for taking the trouble to send us this message and send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Tickets are now on sale for “Simon Keenlyside and Friends” at the Wigmore Hall on 26 January. The programme consists of songs by Gershwin, Weill, Kern and more…..
Simon’s Schubert recital on 31 January at the Wigmore is currently sold out – returns may be available nearer the date.
Simon has withdrawn from all three performances of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Vienna State Opera in January. George Petean will replace him.
Photo: Rikimaru Hotta
The Japanese magazine Ongaku no tomo (Friend of Music) has published a review of the ROH tour in Japan. An English translation of the section relating to Simon can be found on the Macbeth performance page. Our thanks to the translator!
English translations of the two Japanese reviews of the ROH Macbeth in Tokyo have now been added. Many thanks to the translator!
Two Japanese newspapers have reviewed the ROH Macbeth in Tokyo. The reviews are in Japanese – we hope to have a translation of some of the relevant passages in due course. Thanks to our Japanese friends for the links!
One of our Japanese friends has kindly allowed us to print her personal impressions of the ROH Macbeth on tour in Japan. Our thanks to the author!
So far no “official reviews” have been found in the newspapers.
Two lovely photos from today’s signing event at Tower Records in Tokyo. Thanks to the photographer!