THE SCORPION'S STING | LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
“...the King's jealous brother, Set, played with gravitas by tenor Curtis Bannister. Bannister also portrays the teacher, Professor Hornsby, a delicate, frightened soul who couldn't be more different from the evil Set."
—Chicago Theater Review

 

 

MARIE CHRISTINE | BoHo THEATRE - CHICAGO, IL

"Jean (Curtis Bannister) has become an upwardly mobile lawyer...(the actor is terrific)."

 

—The Chicago Sun-Times

 

press / reviews

Curtis Bannister, Tenor

“Curtis Bannister vocally proves up to the task- infusing the witchy atmosphere of the play...”

 

—Chicago Reader

 

 

“Curtis Bannister, as Jean, [tries] to keep Marie Christine on the farm, so to speak, and to adapt to the ways of the bourgeous propriety. Compelling in both song and acting you too might find yourself longing for him to have more songs and bigger roles.”

 

—Chicago Theatre Review

CANDIDE | BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

"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

 

 

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

 

—The Baltimore Sun

PORGY & BESS | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE
“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

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD | NIGHTBLUE PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

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

 

—TimeOut Chicago Magazine

OTELLO | UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA COMPANY

“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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