Imperially slim Russian bass Ilya Bannik is an emerging star at the Mariinsky Theatre and on the International Opera stage. Mr. Bannik was a finalist in the Placido Domingo Operalia competition in (2000, 2002), prize winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov voice competition (1998, 2000), prize winner of the Maria Callas International Voice Competition in Parma, Italy (2000). After the Callas competition, Ilya was invited to sing Ferrando in Il Trovatore at Teatro Regio, Parma. Ilya has also sung principal roles at the Verdi Festival (Parma, Italy), Welsh National Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa, Italy), and is regularly seen on the Mariinsky Theatre stage.
Highlights from Ilya's repertoire include Samuel/Ballo in Maschera, Ferrando/Il Trovatore, Banquo/Macbetto, Oroveso/Norma, Don Basilio/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mephistopheles/La Damnation de Faust, Prince Gremin/Eugene Onegin, Leporello/Don Giovanni, and Colline/La Boheme. Future performances include Banquo/Macbetto at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Lady Macbeth at Mtsensk Chatêlet Opera Paris.
He successfully made his debut for the Paris Opera (Salome and Idomeneo) last season as well as for the Valencia Opera House and the Teatro di Firenze (both Rheingold), Radio France (Katerina Ismailova – conducted by Tugan Sokhiev) and the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse (Iolanta). Ilya will make his debut for the Glyndebourne Festival (Macbeth) at the beginning of next season and has future engagements amongst others with the Valencia Opera House (Betrothal in a Monastery and Rheingold) and the Opera National de Lille (Rigoletto).
Recently, Ilya sang Post Officer/Nose with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, London and Paris; Betrothal in a Monastery in Valencia; and Sparafucile/Rigoletto in Lille, France. Future contracts include War and Peace with Canadian Opera; Idomeneo Bastille (Paris); Faust Den Norske Opera and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte with Seattle Opera. Ilya will appear as Doner/Das Rheingold, conducted by Maestro Zubin Metha; DVD filmed in Valencia – issue date 2010.