"What can one say about Michael Bannett? This amazing singer has done it all...a wonderful televised duet with Charlotte Church, major child roles in the San Francisco Opera, a premier operatic work under Kent Nagano, live TV and radio interviews, lead roles in musical theater, and recordings ranging from folk to avant-garde….including ones with Donovan and Willie Nelson!"
Ian Robertson, Chorus Director, San Francisco Opera; Artistic Director, San Francisco Boys Chorus
April 2005: Excerpt of Michael's solo work for the Lord of the Rings soundtrack released!
INTERNATIONAL AWARD !
March 2005: Journey Through the British Isles wins an international award for Best Solo Treble Album of 2004! This award was decided by vote of the listeners to Trebles.net, an internet radio station specializing in the music of boys choirs and boy soloists. Michael's "Beautiful Soup" album -- the winner of the 2002 award -- is still very popular with listeners, with four of its tracks in the 100-most-requested songs of 2004.
In Journey through the British Isles, Michael sings British Isles songs from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, masterfully arranged by Quilter, Liddell, Hughes, and others. Accompanying Michael are superb musicians playing piano, classical guitar, 19th-century flute, viola da gamba, and other period instruments including baroque types of flute, piccolo, violin, viola, and cello. Listen to samples.
November 23, 2003: Michael
sings two of the trios from
Magic Flute in a "San Francisco Performances" concert with baritone Christopheren Nomura. The three boys
are the same ones who received great
reviews at last month's Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera. Michael also sings the Shepherd Boy solo from
Tosca -- a solo he sang at SF Opera last year and in recital with Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra earlier this year.
"Friends Forever" is released, August 2003! A really great recording of the best friendship songs spanning the last 75 years. Michael sings solos and duets with the talented Carrie Lyn.
September 2003 to October 2003: Michael appears in "The Magic Flute" with San Francisco Opera in the role of First Spirit, a role he also sang two years ago with the company... much solo and trio singing. Michael and the trio of boys received great reviews, as did the show itself.
March 2003: Michael appears in showcase of a new musical by composer, David Conte, playing the lead boy.
February 2, 2003: Michael was very well-received in his appearance in a recital with Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra at Cal Performances. Michael sang the Shepherd Boy solo from Puccini's "Tosca." The orchestra from San Francisco Opera accompanied.
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