|GRAEME DANBY - Bass
Graeme Danby is widely recognised as one of Britain's finest bassi profondi, and performs regularly with the Royal Opera Covent Garden. In Spring 2005, he will sing the major role of Charrington in Loren Maazel's new Covent Garden commission 1984, a part written especially for him.
In 2003, his rich and resonant bass was heard to advantage in the role of Lorenzo (I Capuletti ed I Montecchi) under the baton of Sir Richard Bonynge. This appearance was one amongst many in major roles for English National Opera, which include Don Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Dulcamara in Donizetti's l'Elisir d'amore; Somnus in Handel's Semele; Quince in Britten's Misummer Night's Dream; Collatinus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia; Poo-Bah in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado; Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte; Sacristan in Puccini's Tosca; Brag in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Pistol in Verdi's Falstaff and Ribbing in Verdi's Un Ballo in maschera.
In season 2002/2003 Graeme Danby made his Glyndebourne debut as Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro), subsequently recording the role for Chandos Records. He also made his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona in the role of Brag in Purcell's Fairy Queen
In season 2003/2004, he made his debut at the Opera National du Rhin Strasbourg in the role of Xuthus in Param Vir's Ion.
Further UK engagements include Bartolo in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera North and the Garsington Festival; Collatinus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Buxton Festival; and Sacristan (Tosca), Bosun (Billy Budd), Benedict (La Vie Parisienne) and Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Scottish Opera.
Graeme Danby appears regularly on the concert platform throughout the United Kingdom at prestigious venues, including: the Royal Albert Hall (Beethoven Sympony No.9; Verdi Requiem), the Royal Festival Hall (Mahler Symphony No.8) and the Bridgewater Hall Manchester (Iolanthe), and with leading orchestras including: the London Symphony Orchestra; the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra. He broadcasts regularly for the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Don Basilio (il Barbiere di Siviglia) - ENO
Lorenzo (I Capuletti ed I Montecchi) - ENO
Xuthus (Ion) Opéra National du Rhin
Pistol (Falstaff) - ENO
Second Armed Man (Flute) Covent Garden
Charrington (1984) Covent Garden