Patricia Bardon

Born in Dublin, her operatic repertory ranges from Monteverdi, Handel and Glück to Rossini, Bizet and Verdi. Her many operatic performances include Tancredi and Arsace (Semiramide) for La Fenice, Venice; La Cenerentola for La Monnaie, Brussels and in Lausanne; Andronico in Amsterdam, Madrid and Washington DC; Carmen (title role) for WNO, Hamburg State Opera and Scottish Opera; Anna (Les Troyens) in Florence; Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria) in Florence, Athens and at the Berlin State Opera; Edwige (Guillaume Tell) and Marta (Mefistofele) for The Royal Opera House, London, and Smeaton (Anna Bolena) for San Francisco Opera. In 2007, Patricia created the title role in Saariaho’s Adriana Mater for Opéra-Bastille and sang the Adriana Mater Suite with the New York PO. Performances include Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) for the Metropolitan Opera New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, Munich Staatsoper and Glyndebourne, and Tamerlano in Madrid and Washington with Domingo. For Opera Rara she has recorded Rossini’s La donna del lago (ORC34) and Ermione (ORC42).

Daniela Barcellona

Daniela Barcellona was born in Trieste, Italy, where she completed her musical and vocal studies under the direction of M° Alessandro Vitiello. After winning awards in several international competitions, including the Aldo Belli in Spoleto, the Iris Adami Corradetti in Padua and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia, in the summer of 1999 she went on to perform Tancredi at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Since then she has been considered one of the most important and sought-after interpreters at the international level. She has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, George Pretre, Bruno Campanella, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Myun-wun Chung and Alberto Zedda. Among her most significant awards are the Abbiati Award (the Italian critics’ prize), the Lucia Valentini-Terrani and the Aureliano Pertile awards, the 2002 Opera Award, the CD Classica Award and the Rossini d’oro (awarded for a third time to a mezzo soprano, after Marilyn Horne and Lucia Valentini-Terrani). She appears on Opera Rara’s recording of Ginevra di Scozia (ORC23).

Barry Banks

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Barry Banks has established himself as one of today’s finest interpreters of the bel canto repertoire. He is much in demand on the international opera platform performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, English National Opera, Châtelet, Salzburg Festival, La Monnaie, The Santa Fe Opera, Teatro Communale di Bologna and Oper Frankfurt amongst others. His roles include: Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri); Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore); Don Ramiro (La cenerentola); Oreste (Ermione); Tom Rakewell; Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia); Belfiore & Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims); Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor); L’Astrologue (Le coq d’or) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). Barry has made a number of recordings for Opera Rara including Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero and Mercadante’s I normanni a Parigi.

Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey was born in Lincoln and read music at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he was a choral scholar. In 1997 he commenced postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where Neil Howlett taught him. Simon has performed as a guest artist as Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala, as Enrico for Prolirica´s production of Lucia di Lammermoor in Lima, Peru, as Don Basilio in Beijing, in the title role in Händel´s Herculesfor the Athens festival, and in Vienna as Publio in La clemenza di Tito. His repertoire includes Händel´s Messiah, Haydn´s Creation, the Mozart, Faure and Duruflé Requiems, Rossini´s Petite Messe Solonelle, Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis and many others, works he has performed throughout Europe and South America. He appears on Opera Rara’s Il diluvio universale (ORC31) and Adelaide di Borgogna (ORC32).

Alfonso Antoniozzi

After studying with the baritone Sesto Bruscantini, Alfonso Antoniozzi made his debut in 1986 at Genoa in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He performs most frequently in comic opera roles and has been acclaimed for his interpretations of Dr Bartolo, Don Magnifico and Taddeo in Il barbiere di SivigliaLa Cenerentola and L’Italiani in Algeri; Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore; and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Recording credits include La Boheme (EMI) and Le nozze di Figaro (Telarc), he made his Opera Rara recording debut in Donizetti’s one-act opera buffa La romanzesca e l’uomo nero (ORC19) and also appears on Donizetti’s Francesca di Foix (ORC28).

Anna Caterina Antonacci

Anna Caterina Antonacci is acknowledged as a major artist, and her extraordinary vocal timbre and acting skills have enabled her to perform a vast and varied repertoire in the world’s most important theatres. She has scored notable personal success as Cassandre in Les Troyens with John Eliot Gardiner at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees, the title role in Medea in Toulouse, at the Epidaurus Amphitheatre, at the Teatro Regio, Turin and at the Châtelet. Anna Caterina made her debut in a new production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Antonio Pappano and also at the Opéra Comique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. She has sung La Mort de Cleopatrewith the Rotterdam PO conducted by Yannick Nézét-Seguin, with the Hong Kong PO conducted by John Nelson and with the LPO conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. For Opera Rara she appears on the recording Pauline Viardot and Friends(ORR240).