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Born Edinburgh.

Scottish bass.

Brian Bannatyne-Scott was born and educated in Edinburgh.  After obtaining an MA (Hons) at St Andrews University, he studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Laura Sarti, and subsequently with Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Galina Vishnevskaya and Norman Bailey.

After debuts at La Fenice, Venice and the Rome Opera, he sang with Scottish Opera before  embarking on an international career whaich has taken him to La Scala, Milan; Opéra de Paris; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels; Grand Théâtre de Génève, and Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam; as well as the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh Festivals over the last thirty years.  His repertoire ranges from early Baroque to Contemporary, and he has sung with such eminent conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Richard Hickox, and Sir Antonio Pappano and with world famous orchestras and ensembles such as the LSO, the ECO, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the English Concert, the Dunedin Consort, and the Hilliard Ensemble.

His discography is extensive, covering many genres including Purcell's King Arthur, Handel's Messiah with Minkowski (both for DG), and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream with Sir Colin Davis on Philips. 

Brian has recently been appointed Honorary Professor of Singing at St Andrews University. For more information see his website here.

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