PORGY & BESS | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE - LOGAN, UT
“Building on his 2013 triumph as Otello, the gifted Curtis Bannister is back as the drug dealer Sportin' Life. Bannister's strikingly sensuous body language throughout this production is as seductive as his voice."
—The Herald Journal

 

 

CANDIDE | BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - BALTIMORE, MD

"Curtis Bannister, a graduate of the Peabody Institute, immediately grabbed the audience with a hilarious turn as the Westphalian Baron who forbids th marriage of his daughter Cunegonde to the hapless and low-born Candide. From then on Mr. Bannister seemed to be flying all over the stage in numerous roles as the plot ranged from France to Spain to Uruguay and the mysterious paradise of Eldorado."

 

—DC Metro Theater Arts

 

press / reviews

Curtis Bannister, Tenor

“Vibrant work also came in a variety of roles from Curtis Bannister.”

 

—The Baltimore Sun

PORGY & BESS | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO – CHICAGO, IL

“Curtis Bannister proved credible as the elderly Peter.”

 

—Chicago Classical Review

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS | HOWARD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL – COLUMBIA, MD

“Curtis Bannister closed the program with a rousing “Being Alive” from the musical “Company.”

 

—The Baltimore Sun

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD | NIGHTBLUE PERFORMING ARTS THEATER – CHICAGO, IL

“Radiating with slowly simmering energy, Curtis Bannister proves his enviable control several times over.”

 

—TimeOut Chicago Magazine

OTELLO | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA COMPANY – LOGAN, UT

“The 28-year-old tenor transformed into a riveting portrayal with dramatic inflection and compelling energy.

His youth lent credibility to the depiction of a military leader who was easily deluded by a corrupt and devious subordinate. Vocally, Bannister thrived…what could have been a theatrical disaster turned into a dramatic triumph.”

 

—The Salt Lake Tribune

 

“Bannister, it must be said, never missed a beat – or a note – and was excellent in his portrayal of Otello’s torment and self-analysis as he struggles with the issues this story presents. Bannister’s presentation of Otello’s lamentation about having suspicions about his new wife was an example of his great effort and heart for the work. It was a strong debut that was notably appreciated by the audience at the concluding of the opera.”

 

 

—The Salt Lake City Sun | Deseret News

“The highlight of the premiere of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s brilliantly staged and marvelously executed production of “Otello” on July 12 was a young understudy triumphantly stepping into the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece. UFOMT newcomer Curtis Bannister jumped from the opera’s ensemble to replace the ailing scheduled leading man, bringing a thrilling tenor voice and a towering stage presence to the role of the Lion of Venice. His outstanding performance was rewarded with a richly-deserved standing ovation from the opening-night audience.”

 

—The Herald Journal

AINT MISBEHAVIN’ | THE NATIONAL PLAYERS – TOUR 2009

“… the athletic Mr. Bannister performs a naughtily insinuating, and impressive, solo about the joys of weed in "The Viper's Drag."”

 

—The Washington Times

“A vocal standout is Curtis Bannister. A lean performer who looks quite sharp in period garb, Curtis Bannister

applies his slick moves to a funny tune that sure lets you know not everybody was a square back then,

"The Reefer Song."

 

—The Howard County Times

 

 

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