Brian Bannatyne-Scott’s recent operatic engagements include Foltz DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Arkel PELLEAS ET MELISANDE for Garsington Opera, Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Player King and Gravedigger in Brett Dean’s HAMLET for Glyndebourne on Tour, Swallow PETER GRIMES with Opera de Monte-Carlo and Doctor THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL for the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Other recent appearances include Simone GIANNI SCHICCHI for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North, Bottom A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM with Pacific Opera Victoria and Snug A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Beijing Festival and a recital of Brahms and Liszt a the Edinburgh Festival.
Previous work includes the title-role FALSTAFF for Pacific Opera Victoria (Canada) and Theater Bielefeld, Arkel PELLEAS ET MELISANDE for Opera du Rhin and Opera Holland Park, Hubbard in the French premiere of John Adams’ DOCTOR ATOMIC at Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Father THANKS TO MY EYES for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and La Monnaie, the Old Hebrew SAMSON ET DALILA for Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Roche CAPRICCIO for Theater Bielefeld and Pacific Opera Victoria, Baron Ochs DER ROSENKAVALIER for Theater Bielefeld, Varlaam BORIS GODUNOV, Snug MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Geronte MANON LESCAUT and Swallow PETER GRIMES for Opera North, Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Opéra de Nantes, Peachum DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER for the London Philharmonic, Opéras de Caen and Rouen, Der Tod DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS for Théâtre de la Monnaie and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Monterone RIGOLETTO, Commendatore DON GIOVANNI, Pogner DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG and Grand Inquisitor DON CARLO for English National Opera.
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 at the London Proms, BachB 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 Christmas Oratorio.Brian Bannatyne-Scott’s extensive discography includes Purcell’s King Arthur and Handel’s Messiah on DG Archiv, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Philips, G.F. Handel’s TOLOMEO on Mondo Musica, L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA on EMI and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt on Linn Records.
Upcoming recordings include Songs of Stevenson, to bereleased in August of 2020 featuring songs by Ronald Stevenson, Vaughan Williams and F G Scott, with Jan Waterfield (piano) on the Birnam CD label. Upcoming engagements include performances of Schubert Winterreise in 2021 with Walter Blair (piano).
Brian is an Honorary Professor of Singing at the University of St Andrews.