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Brian Bannatyne-Scott

“Hero’s laurel’s go to the bass, Brian Bannatyne-Scott as La Roche. Vocally and physically, he gives a large-than-life “field marshall of the stage” combining Wellesian bluster with goofy charm. His long solo near the end is a tour de force.” Pacific Opera Victoria Capriccio

Times Colonist, BC Canada 27 February 10

The Scottish bass, Brian Bannatyne-Scott, was born and educated in Edinburgh. He studied French and Mediaeval History at St Andrews University before attending the Guildhall School of Music in London. In 1981, he won the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize. Since then he has enjoyed an international career in opera and concerts. He has studied with Laura Sarti, Sir Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya, Hans Hotter and Norman Bailey, and now he works with Anthony Roden.

Brian Bannatyne-Scott's concert career has taken him throughout Europe, and to Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Israel, Singapore, the Philippines and Japan. He has performed regularly with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert including his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Aeolus and Cold Genius (King Arthur) in Berlin, Halle, Opera Garnier (Paris), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and in the London Proms, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass in Turin and Cremona and the St Matthew Passion at the National Arts Center, Ottawa. With Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, he has performed Messiah in Grenoble and Paris, and with The King’s Consort and the Salzburger Bachchor, he has sung Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Brian Bannatyne-Scott has sung the role of Christus in Arvo Pärt's Passio throughout Europe and in Japan with The Hilliard Ensemble, most recently in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. He has also sung Stravinsky's Les Noces with the London Sinfonietta and Sir Simon Rattle at the Festival Hall, London. Also with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, he has sung Schönberg's Gurrelieder in Birmingham.

With Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, he has sung in Berlioz's The Trojans and in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican Hall, where he has also appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev in Mozart's C Minor Mass. With the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has sung Leonard Bernstein's Songfest conducted by Leonard Slatkin in the Festival Hall.

He has sung in most of the British Cathedrals in a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach and Georg Frideric Handel through Verdi and Elgar to Benjamin Britten and Maxwell Davies and has appeared in major festivals throughout Britain and Europe including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Holland, Bath, Flanders, Beaune and Aix-en-Provence, and has sung frequently at the BBC Proms.

Since making his débuts at Teatro la Fenice, Venice and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 1981 in Castiglioni's Oberon, Brian Bannatyne-Scott has appeared at many of the major Opera Houses of the world.  He has sung at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, at both the Opéras de Paris, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, the Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, with Trevor Pinnock, the Bunkamura Theatre, Tokyo, with Marc Minkowski, the Opéra de Lyon, with René Jacobs, the opera of Sao Paolo, Brazil, and numerous other theatres around Europe.

In Britain, he has sung with Scottish Opera (Colline, La Roche, Der Sprecher, Don Fernando), Opera North (Snug, Varlaam, Geronte, Swallow and Simone), English National Opera (Commendatore, Monterone, Pogner, Banquo) and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (The Poet, Luther, Simone).

Brian Bannatyne-Scott's extensive discography includes Purcell's King Arthur and Handel's Messiah (DG Archiv), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philips), Tolomeo (Mondo Musica), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (EMI) and St Matthew Passion (Linn).

Recent operatic roles have included Verdi's Falstaff and Strauss' La Roche in Bielefeld and Victoria, BC, Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalilah in Geneva, Hubbard in Dr Atomic in Strasbourg, The Father in Bianchi's Thanks to my Eyes at Aix-en-Provence and throughout Europe, Reinmar in Tannhäuser with Runnicles at the BBC Proms, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Aix, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in in Victoria, BC, with Pacific Opera Victoria and Simone in Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Future plans include Snug in Beijing with Aix Festival, Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House, Arkel in Pélleas et Mélisande at the Garsington Festival and Swallow in Peter Grimes at the Opera de Monte Carlo.

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J S Bach: St Matthew Passion with Dunedin Consort

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Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love

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Handel: Tolomeo

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Handel: Messiah

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Brian Bannatyne-Scott in Aix - video of Britten Midsummer Night's Dream

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