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Barry Banks

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Biography

Current season highlights include Barry Bank debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia); Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at The Metropolitan Opera, and a return to English National Opera as Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor).

Other roles have included Don Ramiro (La cenerentola) for his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Oreste (Ermione) for his debut at the Santa Fe Opera Festival; Belfiore & Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims) for his debut at Teatro Communale di Bologna; and L'Astrologue (Le coq d'or) for his debut at Théâtre du Châtelet. In the role of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) he has appeared in Salzburg, Leipzig and Brussels.

In concert Barry Banks has performed The Dream of Gerontius with Münchner Philharmoniker under Sir Andrew Davis; War Requiem with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under Jan Latham-Koenig; and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti. Other highlights have included Ermione in concert at Carnegie Hall, concert versions of I puritani and Linda di Chamonix at Caramoor Festival, Rossini's Armida at the Edinburgh Festival under Carlo Rizzi and Elvino (La sonnambula) under Kent Nagano at the Knowlton Festival.

Barry Banks's discography includes The Elixir of Love, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, The Thieving Magpie and The Magic Flute for the Chandos Opera in English series; La bohème under Kent Nagano and Un ballo in maschera under Carlo Rizzi both for Teldec; and Trial by Jury under Sir Charles Mackerras for Telarc. DVD releases include Billy Budd in the English National Opera production for Virgin, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail which was recorded at Buckingham Palace. His solo recital disc - Barry Banks sings Bel Canto Arias - is released by Chandos.