Simon Keenlyside was born in London. He made his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva Nozze di Figaro. Simon appears in all the world’s great opera houses and has a particularly close association with the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Bavarian and Vienna State Opera houses where his roles include Prospero The Tempest, Posa Don Carlo, Germont Père Traviata, Papageno Magic Flute, Count Almaviva and title roles in Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Pelléas et Mélisande, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Hamlet, Macbeth and Rigoletto.
Simon was made a CBE in 2003. He won the 2006 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in Opera. In 2007, he was given the ECHO Klassik award for male Singer of the Year, and in 2011, he was honoured with Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award. Previously with Grange Park Opera: recital 2012, Fagin Oliver! 2016. In 2022 he returns for Iago Otello.