Graeme Danby is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest character basses.
For the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he has sung Billy Jackrabbit in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, Charrington in Lorin Maazel’s 1984, Gonzalo in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, Second Armed Man in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Casino Manager in Prokofiev’s The Gambler and il Sacristano in Puccini’s Tosca.
The roles he has sung in over 1,000 appearances with English National Opera include Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Quince and Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pistol in Verdi’s Falstaff, Pooh-Bah in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Ribbing in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Sacristan in Tosca, Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Somnus in Handel’s Semele.
In the UK he has also appeared with Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Garsington, Glyndebourne and Buxton Festivals, and has performed internationally at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, De Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, the Salzburger Landestheater, Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg, La Scala, Milan, and Palau Reina Sofia, Valencia.
Recent engagements include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Scottish Opera and Opéra de Rouen, and Swallow in Britten’s Peter Grimes in Lisbon. His recordings include Berg’s Lulu, Verdi’s A Masked Ball, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Strauss’s Salome for Chandos Opera in English and Adès’s The Tempest for EMI. He made his INO debut in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro last April.