Bass ILYA BANNIK was born in Nikolaev (Ukraine). He entered the Glinka Academic Capella Choral School in St.Petersburg in 1980. Performed in the Capella Boys' Choir. Between 1990 and 1995 he studied at the Herzen State Pedagogical University. In 1994 he entered the vocals faculty of the St.Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Prof.Georgy Seleznev), from which he graduated in 1999. He was the soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 1999. Ilya Bannik is the soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company since 2009.
He is the prize-winner at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition (Warsaw, 2004), IV International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition (St Petersburg, 2000), finalist and special prize recipient at the Plácido Domingo Operalia 2000 International Competition (Los Angeles, 2000) and Оperalia 2002 (Paris, 2002), finalist and special prize recipient at the Maria Callas International Young Opera Singers' Competition Voci Verdi (Parma, Italy, 2000), diploma-recipient at the III International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition (St Petersburg, 1998).
His roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include Svetozar, Farlaf (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Konchak (Prince Igor), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Grandfather Frost, Maslenitsa (The Snow Maiden), Viking Merchant (Sadko), Prince Yuri (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Tsar Dodon (The Golden Cockerel), Baron (The Miserly Knight), Emperor of China, Chamberlain (Le Rossignol), Faust (The Fiery Angel), Oedipus, Creonte, Tiresias (Oedipus Rex), Young Lad (Semyon Kotko), General Yermolov, Тikhon Shcherbaty, Marshal Berthier, Captain Ramballe, Barclay de Tolly, General Bennigsen (War and Peace), Official in the Newspaper Dispatch Office (The Nose), Steward, Policeman (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lord Sidney, Baron Trombonok (Il viaggio a Reims), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Il Conte Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Samuel (Un ballo in maschera), Filippo (Don Carlo), Colline (La bohème), Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Мéphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), Lindford, Luther (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Oracle of Neptune (Idomeneo, re di Creta), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Second Soldier (Salome), Water-Sprite (Rusalka).
The singer's concert repertoire includes the bass roles in Stravinsky's Les Noces, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Berlioz' symphonie dramatique Roméo et Juliette, Bach's Magnificat and Schubert's Stabat Mater.
As a guest soloist, Ilya Bannik performs at the world's finest opera houses. Roles performed at these theatres include: King René (Iolanta, Welsh National Opera; Royal Albert Hall, London), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte, Welsh National Opera), Timur (Turandot, Welsh National Opera), Donner (Das Rheingold, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia), Priest, Old Convict (Katerina Ismailova, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa), Nazarene (Salome, Оpéra Bastille, Paris), Voice of the Oracle (Idomeneo, Opéra de Paris) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto, Lille), War and Peace (Оpéra Bastille, Paris) and Iolanta (King René, Royal Albert Hall, London).
Has taken part in the Italy's Verdi Festival and the UK's Glyndebourne Festival, appearing as Banco (Macbeth). He has also performed under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Justus Frantz and Carlo Rizzi. Has toured to the UK, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Finland, the USA and towns throughout Russia.