Scottish bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Luther (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and has since returned to sing Poet (Orphée) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi). In the 2016/17 Season he sings Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).
Bannatyne-Scott’s opera engagements include Hector’s Ghost (Les Troyens) for La Scala, Milan, Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) for Salzburg Festival, Aeolus and Cold Genius (King Arthur) for Paris Opéra, Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Longborough Festival Opera, Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Banco (Macbeth), Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo) for English National Opera, Falstaff for Pacific Opera Victoria, Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande) for Opéra national du Rhin, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Geronte de Revoir (Manon Lescaut) for Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opéra national de Lorraine à Nancy, Priest (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Bregenz Festival and Father (Thanks to my Eyes, world premiere) for Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Bannatyne-Scott has performed with such conductors as Colin Davis, Mark Elder, Marc Minkowski, Antonio Pappano, Mstislav Rostropovich and Donald Runnicles, and studied with Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Galina Vishnevskaya. His recordings include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Messiah, L’incoronazione di Poppea, St Matthew Passion and King Arthur. He is Honorary Professor of Singing at St. Andrews University.