KISS ME KATE | ST. PETERSBURG OPERA - ST. PETERSBURG, FL - February 2019

 

Curtis Bannister sizzles the second act off to an equally great start with ‘Too Darn Hot’.”

—Talkin’ Broadway

 

“THOUGHT PROVOKERS” Feature | VOYAGE MAGAZINE - January 2019            http://voyagechicago.com/interview/check-curtis-bannisters-artwork/

 

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Curtis Bannister, Tenor

THE SCORPIONS’ STING | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO - October 2017

“...the wife of the King’s jealous brother, Set, played with gravities by tenor Curtis Bannister. Bannister also portrays the teacher, Professor Hornsby, a delicate, frightened soul who couldn’t be different than the evil Set.”

—Chicago Theatre Review

PORGY & BESS | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE - LOGAN, UT - July 2016
 “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 - June 2015

"Curtis Bannister, a graduate of the Peabody Institute, immediately grabbed the audience with a hilarious turn as the Westphalian Baron who forbids the 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

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER | FINGER LAKES MT FESTIVAL - NEW YORK - July 2015

 

“Curtis Bannister revs up the club’s energy...”

 

—USA Today Democrat & Chronicle

PORGY & BESS | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO – CHICAGO - December 2014

“Curtis Bannister proved credible as the elderly Peter.”

 

—Chicago Classical Review

 

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD | NIGHTBLUE PERFORMING ARTS – CHICAGO - March 2014

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

 

—TimeOut Chicago Magazine

 

OTELLO | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA COMPANY – LOGAN, UT - July 2013

“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” 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’ | OLNEY THEATRE CENTER / 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."”

 

 “Curtis Bannister was impressive with his song delivery but wowed even more with his “bojangles” contortionist dancing.”

 

—The Washington Times & Washington All Arts Review

 

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