Huge congratulations to Simon Keenlyside and Thomas Adès who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Simon Keenlyside receives a knighthood, adding to his numerous awards. Last summer, Simon was awarded the title of Austrian Kammersänger at the Vienna State Opera. He was made a CBE in 2003, and 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, was honoured with Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award.
Simon made his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro in 1987, and has since appeared in all the world’s great opera houses with a particularly close association with the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Bavarian and Vienna State Opera houses where his roles include Ford Falstaff, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande, Prospero The Tempest, Posa Don Carlo, Germont Père La Traviata, Papageno The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva and the title roles in Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Pelléas et Mélisande, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Hamlet, Macbeth and Rigoletto.
Simon’s extensive concert career includes working regularly under the baton of many of the worlds’ leading conductors, appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the City of Birmingham, London Symphony, Philharmonia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Czech, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras.
A renowned recitalist, he has recorded a disc of Schumann Lieder with Graham Johnson and four recital discs with Malcolm Martineau, of Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and most recently, an English song disc, Songs of War which won the Solo Vocal Award at the 2012 Gramophone Awards. He has also recorded Britten’s War Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra under Noseda, Mendelssohn’s Elijah under McCreesh, Des Knaben Wunderhorn under Sir Simon Rattle, the title role in Macbeth under Edward Gardner, the title role in Don Giovanni under Abbado, Carmina Burana under Thielemann, Marcello La bohème under Chailly, the title role in Billy Budd under Hickox, Papageno The Magic Flute under Mackerras, Count Almaviva in the Grammy award-winning Le nozze di Figaro under Jacobs, and Prospero in Adès’ The Tempest which won the Best Opera Recording (Grammy Awards 2014) and Music DVD Recording of the Year (Echo Klassik Awards 2014).
A keen supporter of the next generation of singers, both at home and abroad, he has a particularly close association with the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music.
Thomas Adès receives a CBE. Internationally renowned as a composer, conductor and pianist, his many awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition award for Asyla (1997), The Tempest (2004) and Tevot (2007), the Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (1999), Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize for Arcadiana (1999), Contemporary category Gramophone Awards (2010) for a CD recording of The Tempest (2010, Royal Opera House), and a British Composer Award for The Four Quarters (2012). A DVD of The Tempest, starring Simon Keenlyside, Alan Oke, Toby Spence, Iestyn Davies and Isabel Leonard (Metropolitan Opera) won the Diapason d’Or de l’année (2013), Best Opera recording (2014 Grammy Awards) and Music DVD Recording of the Year (2014 ECHO Klassik Awards). Most recently, he won the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2015) and his latest opera The Exterminating Angel won the World Premiere of the Year (Opera Awards 2017).
Many congratulations to both Sir Simon and Thomas!
View the full Honours list here.