As an award recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, tenor Curtis Bannister has been praised for his “distinctly colorful voice,” “vocal strength” and “riveting portrayals.”
Described by the Desert News as “a firebrand” in his recent portrayal of Enjorlas in Les Misèrables, Mr. Bannister made his successful debut with the Utah Festival Opera Company in July 2013, stepping in for all performances as the title role in Verdi’s Otello. Of his portrayal as Otello, the Salt Lake City Tribune and The Herald Journal, respectfully, praised his “dramatic inflection and compelling energy” as well as his “thrilling tenor voice and a towering stage presence.”
2014-2015 performances have included his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the role of Peter, covering the role of Sportin’ Life in the praised Francesca Zambello production of Porgy and Bess, a concert for the Metropolitan Opera National Council (scenes from La Bohème, Carmen and Luisa Miller) and concert performances of the new Broadway-bound musical Amazing Grace for Broadway in Chicago. Future engagements for 2014-2015 include remaining on the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Tannhäuser and covering the role of the 1st Heavenly Friend in the company’s spring production of Carousel. Future season appearances include performances as Anthony in Sweeney Todd in New York, a return to the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and his debut with the New World Symphony.
Previous season highlights include performances with Chicago Opera Theater in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, an invitation by the Musiques de Chambre au Musee du Louvre to perform Schubert’s Auf dem Strom at the Paroisse Saint-Joseph des Nations, his professional Chicago musical theater debut as Man 1 in Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World at Stage 773, Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation for the Waukesha Choral Union, Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the American Chamber Opera, covering the role of Anatol in Vanessa for Utah Festival Opera and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Sarasota Opera.