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Barry Banks

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Barry Banks’ outstanding facility in roles by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti regularly takes him to the world’s leading opera houses. With The Metropolitan Opera, he has partnered with Renée Fleming in Rossini’s Armida, Natalie Dessay in La fille du régiment and La sonnambula, Olga Borodina in L’italiana in Algeri and Anna Netrebko in Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore.
Current season highlights include his debut as Arnold in Guillaume Tell under Carlo Rizzi and a return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to sing Don Narciso in Il turco in Italia under Evelino Pidò.
Other notable opera performances have included the title role in Mitridate at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Royal Opera House; Count Almaviva at Staatsoper Unter den Linden; Idreno in Semiramide at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and in his debut at Royal Danish Opera.
The role of Don Ramiro in La cenerentola saw his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Oreste (Ermione) marked his debut at the Santa Fe Festival. Last season he sang Iago in Rossini’s Otello at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Salzburg Festival.
During his long association with English National Opera, he has appeared as Tamino, Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Edgardo (in David Alden’s acclaimed production of Lucia di Lammermoor), Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) and, most recently, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto.
In concert, Barry Banks has performed Berlioz’ Grand Messe des Morts under Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra – which was released to considerable acclaim on LSO Live. He sang in Britten’s War Requiem at the Teatro alla Scala under Xian Zhang; The Dream of Gerontius with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Sir Andrew Davis and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti.
Barry Banks’ discography includes Mitridate with Classical Opera Company (Ian Page), The Elixir of Love, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, The Thieving Magpie and The Magic Flute in the Opera in English series for Chandos. DVD releases include Armida from The Metropolitan Opera. His solo recital disc for Chandos, Barry Banks sings Bel Canto Arias, received substantial critical acclaim.


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