Friday, February 8, 2008
Everyone should look as good at 48 as British baritone Simon Keenlyside. The son of two musicians, he studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
His professional debut was in 1987 as Count Almaviva in Hamburg Opera's "Marriage of Figaro".
In 1989, Keenlyside joined the roster of Scottish Opera, where he stayed until 1994, performing the barihunk roles of Billy Budd and Papageno, as well as Marcello (La Boheme), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Figaro (Barber of Seville) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore).
He has sung in virtually every major opera house and is known for his intensity on stage.