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, 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 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 worked with Scottish Opera Colline La Bohème, Theaterdirektor Capriccio, Don Fernando Fidelio, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Opera North Snug Midsummer Night's Dream, Varlaam Boris Godunov, English National Opera Monterone Rigoletto, Commendatore Don Giovanni, Banquo Macbeth, Pogner Die Meistersinger von Nurenberg, Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos, and made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2004 in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
Roles include Wotan (Longborough Festival Opera) Pogner (English National Opera), Arkel (Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg), Banquo ( English National Opera), Geronte di Ravoir (Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opéra de Nancy), Le Spectre d'Hector in Les Troyens (Teatro alla Scala, Milan and Barbican Hall, London), Fafner (CBTO and The Limerick Ring), Sarastro (Opéra de Nantes), Swallow (Opéra de Nantes), Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen (Bregenz Festival), Priam in Les Troyens (Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam), Peachum (Opéras de Caen and Rouen), Silvano in La Calisto (Opéras de Lyon and Montpellier), Araspe in G.F. Handel's Tolomeo (Opernhaus Halle and Opernhaus Dessau), Pistola (Opéras de Nancy, Caen and Lausanne), Der Tod in Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, theatres in Liege, Antwerp, Sarajevo and Lisbon, and Mecklenburg Opera), Die Mutter in Die Sieben Todsünden (Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Oslo and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), El Tio Salvaor in La Vida Breve (Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels) and Mozart's Bartolo (Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Bermuda Festival and Tokyo).
His recent engagements include Baron Ochs in Rosenkavalier in Bielefeld, Swallow in Opera North's award-winning Peter Grimes, Hobson in Peter Grimes in Brussels, Valencia and Bilbao, Geronte in Manon Lescaut at Opera North and Poet in Philip Glass's Orphee at the Royal Opera House, multiple roles in Shostakovich's The Nose at Opera de Nantes/Angers), Trulove in A Rake's Progress at Nantes, Angers and Rennes, Il Talpa in Il Tabarro at the Opera de Lyon, and Theaterdirektor in Capriccio at the Theater Bielefeld. In 2009, Brian had a huge success with further performances of "Capriccio" in Bielefeld, and spent the summer working on the role of Hagen in "Götterdämmerung" with Seattle Opera. He opened the 2009/2010 Season at Theater Bielefeld, singing the title role in Verdi's "Falstaff" to great critical and public acclaim and returned for the first time in many years to Glasgow to sing the title role in Handel's "Saul" with the Dunedin Consort and the University of Glasgow. Brian had a huge success in Victoria, British Columbia with the role of La Roche ("A consummate and witty portrayal" Opera Magazine) in 2010, followed up with a notable appearance at Opera Holland Park as Arkel in a new production of Pélleas et Melisande (for various reviews see www.theoperacritic.com and Opera Magazine).
Brian Bannatyne-Scott's extensive discography includes Purcell's King Arthur and Handel's Messiah on DG Archiv, Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream on Philips, G.F. Handel's Tolomeo on Mondo Musica and L'Incoronazione di Poppea on EMI. Recently he took part in the recording of St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt on Linn Records.
Brian took part in a very exciting World Premiere in July 2011 at the prestigious Festivale d' Aix-en-Provence. He sang the role of the Father in Oscar Bianchi's Thanks to my Eyes, conducted by Franck Ollu, and directed by Joel Pommerat. This premiere was followed by an extensive tour throughout Europe in 2012 to Paris, Brussels, Lisbon and Mulhouse, playing to packed houses. In November 2012, he sang the role of the Old Hebrew in a stunning production of Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila at the Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland partnering the wonderful young tenor Alexanders Antonenko and the sensual Malgorzata Walewska in a fabulous trio.
2013 will see Brian's return to Pacific Opera Victoria in October for the title role in Verdi's Falstaff.