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Barry Banks

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.

About Barry Banks:

Barry Banks (born in Stoke-on-Trent) is an English lyric tenor who, after a long association with The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, has achieved acclaim as one of finest interpreters of the Italian bel canto repertoire.

As a boy, Banks was the boy soprano soloist in his local family church. When he began high school he started to play the trumpet and became a member of the Staffordshire County Music School as a chorister in the Staffordshire County Youth Choir and became the principal cornet player of the Staffordshire County Youth Brass Band. He was a member of multiple brass bands including The Northern Brass Ensemble and Greenway Moor Brass Band, and consequently learned the early musicianship for which his singing has become known. In 1979 he went on to study voice at the Royal Northern College of Music and in 1985 at the National Opera Studio in London. Whilst studying in Manchester he was a regular member of the BBC Northern Singers

His early career saw him honing his craft singing oratorio throughout Britain and Europe and performing with all the major British opera companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival Opera singing light lyric roles such as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Iopas in Les Troyens, various Mozart roles, The Novice in Billy Budd and Nanki Poo in The Mikado. His first major break was going on to sing Almaviva at ENO whilst covering, and then performing the same role in two tours with WNO. He made his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Beppe in I Pagliacci. His major European break was whilst covering Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne. After singing an orchestral stage rehearsal, the then GMD of Leipzig Opera booked him to sing Tamino in Leizig and he became the first British singer to sing there in the post war era. This was immediately followed by singing the same role in Scottish Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Salzburg Festival. In 1993 Banks made his US debut singing the title role in Bernstein's Candide at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and this was the start of a fruitful association with the major companies of the US that has seen Banks sing the roles of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, composers that have become synonymous with this artist, singing roles at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Colorado in Denver, New York City Opera and orchestras throughout the States. Although primarily known for his bel canto interpretations, Banks has a diverse repertoire, singing the music of Bach, Britten, Handel, Mozart, Berg, Stravinsky (including one of his signature roles, that of Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress) Rimsky-Korsakov, Elgar and Gilbert and Sullivan to name but a few. Banks is a regular stage artist throughout Europe singing at houses including ROH, Paris Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Dalla sua pace Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
2Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
3La speranza piu soave Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
4Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
5Se di lauri il crine Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
6Tom Rakewell? Popularity:

Opera: Rake's Progress, TheComposer: StravinskyAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
7Ogni suo aver tal femmina Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.19

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Gastone/Barone/Dottore/Marchese
8Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
9Duca Duca? Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
10Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
11Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
12Vado incontro al fato Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
13Nessun maggior dolore Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
14Della mia bella incognita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
15Quel ribelle Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
16Deh! scusa i trasporti Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norfolk/Leicester
17Tu che fedel mi sei Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
18E se ancor libero e il tuo Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.21

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
19Ah! sconvolta nell ordine eterno Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.35

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA T B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Semiramide/Arsace/Idreno/Assur/Oroe
20Regina all'ara e giura Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Assur/Semiramide/Idreno/Oroe
21L'alto Eroe che dell Assiria Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.32

Type: recitativeVoice: S T B cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Semiramide/Idreno/Assur/Arsace/Oroe
22Eccomi a cenni tuoi Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aspasia/Mitridate
23Ah! vieni o dolce dell amor Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.17

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Aspasia/Sifare
24Re crudel re spietato Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aspasia/Mitridate
25Qui dove la vendetta Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Ismene
26Teme Ismene a ragion Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Arbate
27Figlio amico non piu Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.16

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Sifare
28Reo non si chiami o Sire Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ismene/Mitridate
29Signor son io Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marzio/Mitridate/Sifare
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