Photos & Reviews


Street Scene (Weill).
Sam Kaplan
Opera North, 2018


“...one standout number along the way: the melancholy Lonely House, beautifully sung here by Alex Banfield.”

   - Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

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★★★★ “Tenor Alex Banfield was her earnest suitor, fated not to succeed. His “Lonely House” in Act 1 was sung with great verve and intensity.”

   - Bachtrack, Richard Wilcocks

★★★★ “there’s not a weak link anywhere...Alex Banfield...sings Lonely House with wonderful depth of feeling”

  -  Tim Ashley, The Guardian

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★★★★ “...she has much admiration and adoration from neighbour Sam Kaplan with Alex Banfield fulfilling the complexity of the young law student with great skill.”

   - Rich Jevons, The Reviews Hub


★★★★★ “Gillene Butterfield as Rose and the promising young tenor Alex Banfield as Sam play their cut-short love affair with touching tenderness.”

   - Richard Morrison, The Times

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★★★★ "Among the work’s standout numbers, Lonely House was beautifully delivered by the tenor Alex Banfield playing Sam Kaplan"

   - Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

“...bookish neighbour Sam Kaplan, to whom Weill gives one of the show’s best songs in Lonely House, which Alex Banfield voices in a silvery tenor.”

   - George Hall, The Stage

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Photography, Robert Workman

“Alex Banfield’s Sam Kaplan, his timid exterior belying his passionate singing”

   - Phil Kirby, The Culture Vulture

“Sam is persuasively drawn by Alex Banfield: we feel his pangs for Rose in We’ll Go Away Together.”

   - Charles Hutchinson, The Art Beat of Yorkshire

“Banfield’s Sam is beautifully acted and sung, the gift role of the piece.

   - Tom Sutcliffe, The Critics’ Circle

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Photography, Robert Workman

★★★★★ Gillene Butterfield and Alex Banfield, as young in-love couple Rose and Sam, were notable for their acting as much as their singing, and for their diction...his “Lonely House” in Act One [was a] real stand-out”

   - Robert Beale, The Arts Desk

★★★★½ “Banfield looked and sounded the part, whilst being able to belt out a number with the appropriate vocal quality, and his Sam had an appealing quality to which made you root for him.”

   - Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

★★★★ “One of the highlights of the evening is Banfield’s rendition of ‘Lonely House’. Standing alone at the top of a staircase, he hints at his affection for Rose and his frustration with his life in the tenements. It is a sensitive rendition and draws considerable audience appreciation.”

   - Mike Tilling, The Musical Theatre Review

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“Alex Banfield gives a splendid emotional performance as Sam, and the duets of Rose and Sam are beautifully charged and plaintive.”

   - Sandra Callard, Yorkshire Magazine


“Alex Banfield’s trim, focused tenor is perfect both for the teenage melancholy of the nebbish Sam Kaplan, and his flare-ups of romantic idealism.”

   - The Spectator, Richard Bratby

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“the Maurrants and the Kaplans are outstanding...Alex Banfield impresses as [Rose’s] ‘best friend’ Sam; both their individual arias and duets were highlights of the evening.”

   - Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH

“Her suitor is the shy bookish Sam Kaplan, played by Alex Banfield, who sang with supreme confidence in a silky rendition of Lonely House. Their duet was a tender tour de force.”

   - The Northern Echo, Gavin Englebrecht


Silent Night (Kevin Puts, 2014).
Jonathan Dale
Opera North, 2018


"I found the drama fresh and engaging, the characters drawn with psychological acuteness... facilitating a clutch of excellent performances... newcomer Alex Banfield as a Scots soldier driven mad with grief by the death of his brother." 
 
   -  The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen

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"Standouts among the almost entirely male cast include Alex Banfield as embittered Scottish soldier Jonathan Dale, determined to have revenge on the Germans for the death of his gung-ho brother"
  -  Financial Times, George Hall

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Photography, Tristram Kenton

"after his brother William is killed... Banfield, like Charlesworth, expresses feelings of resentment powerfully, in his case more viciously."

  -  Richard Wilcox, Bachtrack


Silent Night (Kevin Puts, 2014) in rehearsal.
Jonathan Dale
Opera North, 2018


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Photography, Tom Arber


Berlin to Broadway (Weill). 
Sam Kaplan and Mack the Knife
Opera North, 2018


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Photography, Ant Robling


The Merry Widow (Lehar). 
Raohl de St Brioche
Opera North, 2018


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Photography, Robert Workman


Osud (Destiny) (Janáček). 
Hrazda
Opera North, 2017


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Photography, Alastair Muir


Turandot (Puccini). 
The Prince of Persia
Opera North, 2018


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Photography, Tristram Kenton


Publicity, 2017


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Photography, Tim Dunk