Russian bass Ilya Bannik makes his Seattle Opera debut as Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute in May 2010. His recent performances include the Emperor in Stravinsky’s Nightingale at Canadian Opera Company, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Lille, Oracle in Mozart’s Idomeneo at Opéra National de Paris, and the Post Officer in Shostakovich’s Nose at the Mariinsky Theatre. Other roles include Ferrando in Verdi’s Trovatore at Teatro Regio in Parma, Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Donner in Wagner’s Rheingold in Valencia and Florence. Bannik’s repertoire includes Samuel in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera, Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust, Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Colline in Puccini’s Bohème. He has been seen at Welsh National Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, and is regularly seen at the Mariinsky Theatre. In January, he sings Sparafucile at Opéra Dijon.