Graeme Danby

Graeme Danby - Bass

International opera singer


Graeme has sung in nearly all the major European opera houses and is an important figure in the UK music scene.


Born in Consett, County Durham, Graeme studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the Canadian Baritone Bruce Boyce. His long association with English National Opera includes the roles of Sarastro (Magic Flute), Sacristan (Tosca), Pimen (Boris Godonov), Sergeant of Police (The Pirates of Penzance), Somnus (Semele), Quince (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Elviro (Xerxes), Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Pooh Bah (Mikado), Judge Pitkin (On The Town), Wazir (Kismet),Doctor Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Talpa (Il Tabaro), Samuel (A Masked Ball), Lorenzo (Capuletti ed I Montecchi), Zuniga (Carmen), Pistol (Falstaff), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) and Count Rostov in War and Peace which was also featured in a live broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.


Graeme is regularly heard at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – recent operas there have included La Traviata, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Magic Flute, La Fanciulla del West, Charrington in the World Premiere of Lorin Mazel’s Opera ‘1984’, Sacristano in the new Jonathan Kent production of Tosca with the ROH Musical Director Antonio Pappano and Gonzalo in Thomas Ades acclaimed opera 'The Tempest'. Glyndebourne Festival appearances include Osmin (Die Entfurung), Le Gouverner (Le Comte Ory), Antonio (The Marriage of Figaro), Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera North, Scottish Opera and Garsington, Brag (Fairy Queen) for the Teatro de Liceau in Barcelona, Ion by Param Vir for Opera du Rhin in Strasburg, Harrison Birtwhistles Punch and Judy in Paris, Somnus in Semele and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro for Vlaamse Opera in Ghent and Antwerp and recently his La Scala Milano debut as Snug in Robert Carsen's production of Midsummer Nights Dream conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.


On television Graeme has appeared as Somnus (Semele) and Czar Ivan (Candide) both produced for the BBC by Humphrey Burton and Brander (The Damnation of Faust) for Channel 4. Radio 3 broadcasts include Falstaff, Lulu, Il Tabaro, Gianni Schicchi, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Magic Flute, 1984, War and Peace and Graeme is also regularly heard on the popular ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recordings include The Marriage of Figaro, Janacek's The Makropolus Case and Alban Bergs Lulu for Chandos, Bernstein's Candide and Marc Blitzstein's Regina for Hyperion, Graeme Danby Sings Stories of the North East with the Northern Sinfonia and Will Todd's acclaimed Oratorio Cuthbert with the Halle Orchestra.


Recent DVD releases include Lorin Mazel's '1984' produced by Robert Lepage, Thomas Ades' 'The Tempest' produced by Tom Cairns both at the Royal Opera House and a DVD on the career and life of Graeme Danby and Owen Brannigan. Graeme combines a busy Operatic career with regular appearances on the concert platform in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Sage, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Festival Hall with the RPO, London Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Halle. Recent Oratorio performances have been Mahlers 8th Symphony in the Festival Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Elijah in the Barbican Concert Hall, Beethovens 9th Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall and the Mozart Requiem in Bury St Edmonds Cathedral.


Recent performances include 'Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'A Dog's 'Heart at La Scala, Milano, Major Murgatroyd in Patience at the Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras, Lorin Mazel’s ‘1984’ in the Palau Des Artes, Valencia, The Doctor in Alban Berg’s 'Wozzeck' in Salzburg, The Alma Fetish - World Premiere with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in the Dublin National Concert Hall, The Casino Manager in Richard Jones production of The Gambler at the Royal Opera House, Verdi Requiem in Southwark Cathedral, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring for Opera North and recording 'The Wandering Jew' by Robert Saxton with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Future plans include Carmen and Tosca at ENO, Ashby (Fanciulla del West) at Opera North, his long awaited return to Scottish Opera after nearly 20 years to sing Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Publio in Clemenza di Tito in Salzburg, Die Frau una Schatten in Madrid, Commendatore in Don Giovanni in Dublin, Don Magnifico in La Cenretola in Rouen, Boris in Lady Macbeth of Mtensk as well as a return to Los Angeles for Unsuk Chins Alice in Wonderland which is a joint production between the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the LA Philharmonic and will be premiered in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


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Graeme Danby

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