##Simon Keenlyside dedicates his recital of ‘Les Arts és Lied’ to Schubert and  French ‘mélodie.’

– The English baritone, one of the most notable ‘liederists’ of his generation, makes his debut on Saturday at Les Arts accompanied by Caroline Dowdle on the piano.

– The seats for this cycle, which houses the Main Hall, range from 20 to 40 euros.

Simon Keenlyside is dedicating his recital of ‘Les Arts és Lied’ to the work of Franz Schubert and the French ‘mélodie’. Accompanied on the piano by Caroline Dowdle, the prestigious English baritone will make his debut at Les Arts this Saturday, February 1st at 7 pm.

Knight of the United Kingdom for his service to music and Kammersänger of the Vienna Staatsoper, Simon Keenlyside is considered one of the most complete and versatile singers on his string.

Critics and audiences alike praise his vocal and stage skills for opera, where he covers everything from the baroque repertoire to contemporary lyrics, as well as his ‘lieder’ facet for his diction, technical mastery and rigour of interpretation.

For his presentation to the audience of Les Arts, the British artist proposes a programme that combines the essence of Schubert’s German ‘lied’ with works by the great masters of French ‘mélodie’ such as Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel.

Simon Keenlyside is one of the usual names in the cast of the great opera houses of the world, especially linked to the programmes of the Metropolitan in New York, Covent Garden in London, as well as the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Staatsoper in Vienna.

Among the numerous distinctions and acknowledgements of the London baritone, the Musical Vocalist of the Year awards from the American publication ‘Musical America’, the German ECHO Klassik for the best performer of the year, as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for his exceptional achievements in opera, stand out.

In this season, Simon Keenlyside’s commitments will take him to the Vienna State Opera to perform Posa (‘Don Carlo’), Ford (‘Falstaff’) and Giorgio Germont ‘(La Traviata’); Rigoletto, Amfortas (‘Parsifal’) and Germont at the Bayerische Staatsoper; ‘La Traviata’ at the Covent Garden; Golaud (‘Pélleas et Mélisande’) in Hamburg, and ‘Parsifal’ at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

He will sing in concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding, the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien conducted by Alexander Joel, and the Paris Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rustioni.

He will also give recitals with Thomas Adès at the Vienna Staatsoper and with Malcolm Martineau at the Wigmore Hall and the Lille Opera.

Caroline Dowdle (piano)

Caroline Dowdle has performed both in Britain and on the European continent, giving recitals with singers and instrumentalists in London (South Bank and Wigmore Hall), Paris (Radio France) and Moscow. Last year she performed at the Weill Recital Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She regularly gives recitals with the renowned baritone Thomas Allen, who combines his work with the singers of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at London’s Covent Garden. He is also a member of the faculty of the Royal College of Music in the British capital.

Outside the United Kingdom, Dowdle is also a guest music coach for the ‘Lindemann’ programme of the New York Metropolitan, and she is an opera director at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival, where she has performed regularly for the last ten years.

The Arts is Lied

Les Arts és Lied’, the first series that the arts centre has devoted to this genre, will conclude on the 15th of March with a recital by Gipuzkoan soprano Ainhoa Arteta.

 Tickets cost between 20 and 40 euros and can be purchased at the theatre’s box office and through the website

Simon Keenlyside


1 February 2020 · 7:00 pm
Sala Principal

Caroline Dowdle


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