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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
1Don Basilio! Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.09

Type: quintetVoice: cA/Mz T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio
2Dalla sua pace Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
3Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
4La speranza piu soave Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
5Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
6Se di lauri il crine Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
7Ich bin die erste Sängerin Popularity:

Opera: SchauspieldirektorComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: trioVoice: S S TLanguage: German

Roles: Madame Herz/Silberklang/Vogelsang
8Tom Rakewell? Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br/BLanguage: English

Roles: Tom Rakewell/Nick Shadow
9Ogni 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
10Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
11Duca Duca? Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
12Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
13Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
14Vado incontro al fato Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
15Nessun maggior dolore Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
16Gran nuova gran nuova Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Rigoletto/Marullo
17Della mia bella incognita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
18Quel ribelle Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
19Deh! scusa i trasporti Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norfolk/Leicester
20Un marito scimunito Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Prosdocimo/Don Geronio/Narciso
21Tu che fedel mi sei Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate
22E se ancor libero e il tuo Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.21

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
23Ah! sconvolta nell ordine eterno Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.35

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA T B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Semiramide/Arsace/Idreno/Assur/Oroe
24Regina all'ara e giura Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Assur/Semiramide/Idreno/Oroe
25L'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
26Eccomi a cenni tuoi Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aspasia/Mitridate
27Ah! vieni o dolce dell amor Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.17

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Aspasia/Sifare
28Re crudel re spietato Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aspasia/Mitridate
29Qui dove la vendetta Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Ismene
30Teme Ismene a ragion Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mitridate/Arbate
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