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Russian bass Ilya Bannik is an ensemble member at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. His repertoire includes roles like the title role in “Don Quixote”, Rodolfo, Raimondo, Sarastro, Leporello, Timur, Basilio, Ferrando, King Rene, Samuel, Donner among others.
He has worked with conductors of the highest calibers including V. Gergiev, Z. Mehta, L. Maazel, G. Bertini, F. Luisi, K. Nagano, K. Ono, to name but a few.
During his artistic career he has performed in Opera Bastille, Theatre Carlo Felice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Theatre Regna Sofia, Welsh National Opera, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, Polish National Opera, Opera Toronto, Opera Seattle or Metropolitan Opera New York.
His many recordings includes: “Lucia di Lammermoor” conducted by Valery Gergiev released on Mariinsky Label, “Das Rheingold” conducted by Zubin Mehta filmed in Valencia and “Le Rossignol et Autres Fables” conducted by Kazushi Ono in Aix-en-Provence.
Highlights in season 2016/17 at the Mariinsky Theatre are the titlerole in "Don Quixote", "Les contes d'Hoffmann" (Lindorf...), "La sonnambula" (Rodolfo), Don Giovanni" (Leporello) or "Lucia di Lammermoor" (Raimondo).
P. I. Tschaikowski: Romanze
Arie from Eugen Onegin (Fürst Gremin)
King René from Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" at the Metropolitan Opera New York