Simon Keenlyside is still suffering

Simon Keenlyside is still suffering


norman lebrecht

December 02, 2015

A message from the great British baritone, who was making a comeback from a year of ill-health:

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.

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… 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 wish Simon a full and swift recovery.


  • kouklovsky says:

    You are a marvellous Almaviva