Graeme Danby is 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 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 the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra de Rouen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, De Vlaamse Opera, the Salzburger Landestheater, Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg, La Scala, Milan, and the Palau Reina Sofia, Valencia.
Recent engagements include his debuts with the Israeli Opera, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Nouvel Opéra Fribourg, in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Alvaro in Verdi’s Alzira at the Buxton Festival.
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 in April 2018 and returned in November 2018 as the King in Verdi’s Aida.