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Graeme Danby Suggest updates

Born Newcastle.

English bass.

Scottish Opera appearances: Sacristan Tosca Bosun Billy Budd. Benedict La vie parisienne, Masetto Don Giovanni 

Graeme Danby studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Bruce Boyce and Kenneth Bowen. In 1984 he joined Scottish Opera, singing in the chorus for ten years, during which he performed a multitude of short character roles, including Second Armed Man (Magic Flute), Antonio (Figaro), First Soldier (Salome) and Benoit (La bohème). He also accumulated a substantial concert repertoire, including Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Creation and Verdi Requiem.

As a principal with ENO his repertoire included Monteverdi (Mercury in Poppea), Handel (Somnus in Semele, Elmiro in Xerxes), Mozart (Sarastro), Rossini (Don Basilio), Bellini (Lorenzo in I Capuleti), Verdi (Ribbing, Pistol), Puccini (Sacristan in Tosca) and Sullivan (Pooh-Bah, Sergeant of Police). Russian roles at the Coliseum included Pimen in Boris Godunov, the Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Count Rostov in War and Peace.

With the Royal Opera he performed d'Obigny (La traviata), Second Armed Man, Billy Jackrabbit (La fanciulla del West) and the Sacristan. He also created the role of Charrington in Maazel's 1984. Other appearances with British companies include Opera North (Bartolo in Figaro) and Glyndebourne (Antonio in Figaro).

Rev. October 2014

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