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Ilya Bannik

  • Bass

Biography

A finalist of Placido Domingo's Operalia competition, Ilya Bannik has appeared as a guest artist at the Chatelet Theatre, Paris, the Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa and at the BBC Proms summer Festival.


Imperially slim Russian bass Ilya Bannik is an emerging star at the Mariinsky Theatre and on the International Opera stage. Mr. Bannik was a finalist in the Placido Domingo Operalia competition in (2000, 2002), prize winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov voice competition (1998,2000), prize winner of the Maria Callas International Voice Competition in Parma, Itlay (2000). After the Callas competition, Mr. Bannik was invited to sing Ferrando in Il Trovatore at Teatro Regio, Parma. Mr. Bannik has also sung principal roles at the Verdi Festival (Parma, Italy), Welsh National Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa, Italy), and is regularly seen on the Mariinsky Theatre stage.

Highlights from Mr. Bannik's repertoire include Samuel (Ballo in Maschera), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Banco (Macbetto), Oroveso (Norma), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Mephistopheles (La Damnation de Faust), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Colline (La Boheme). Future performances include Banco (Macbetto) at the Welsh National Opera and Frost (The Snow Maiden) at the Metropolitan Opera 2007.