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BARRY
BANKS
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FS 0058
Beethoven
Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, Symphony No. 2
LS 0729
Berlioz - Grande Messe des morts
OP 0242
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BIOGRAPHY

A graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music where he was a Peter Moores Scholar, Barry Banks (Nadir) has established himself as one of today’s finest interpreters of the Italian bel canto repertoire. He is much in demand on the international opera platform, performing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, English National Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, the Salzburg Festival, La Monnaie, The Santa Fe Opera and Teatro Communale di Bologna amongst others. His roles include Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Oreste (Ermione), Tom Rakewell, Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia), Belfiore and Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims), L’Astrologue
(Le Coq d’or), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Uberto (La donna del lago).
As a concert artist Barry Banks has sung Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, Jaquino (Fidelio) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Walter Weller, Bruckner’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and Rossini’s Armida at the Edinburgh Festival under Carlo Rizzi. Other highlights have included Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under Jan Latham-Koenig, Rossini’s Ermione in concert at Carnegie Hall and Donizetti’s I puritani and Linda di Chamonix at Caramoor Festival.
Barry Banks’ discography includes, for Chandos’ Opera in English series, Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Giannetto (The Thieving Magpie) and Tamino (The Magic Flute) as well as a disc of Great Operatic Arias. Other recordings include La Bohème, Un ballo in maschera and Trial by Jury.

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CHAN 10516
Mendelssohn
Paulus

“from the opening Overture, which is exceptionally well-played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the lamented Richard Hick...

CHAN 3011
Donizetti
Don Pasquale

…Barry Banks as Ernesto, a performance to compare favourably with those by foreign tenors who have a wider but not necessarily more justif...
CHAN 3027
Donizetti
The Elixir Of Love

Barry Banks Nemorino could hardly be better: flexible, secure in intonation and silken in tone… he was an inspired choice for the pa...
CHAN 3057
Mozart
Don Giovanni

…the most intelligent and certainly the most involving traversal of the opera on record for many years… being able to follow every nuance of ...
CHAN 3079
Verdi
Falstaff

'It is serious competition for the currently available recordings in Italian.'...
CHAN 3097
Rossini
The Thieving Magpie

'What was by any standards a well-sung performance at Garsington is here even finer' under Parry the Philharmonia is able to take the...
CHAN 3112
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 15 - Barry Banks
'It is a light, well-defined tenor with exceptional ease in the high resgister and an extensive range in terms of compass' On th...
CHAN 3121
Mozart
The Magic Flute

Barry Banks marries ease, expressivity and eloquence to notable effect…...