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…Opera North has done Weill’s work proud…with Alex Banfield and Gillene Butterfield most engaging as Sam and Rose”

   - 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

★★★★ “Opera North have done it proud…and there’s not a weak link anywhere. Gillene Butterfield and Alex Banfield are touching as, respectively, Rose and Sam. He 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


★★★★★ “What also makes this show special...it is mostly cast from Opera North chorus members, who seize their chances with verve. In particular, 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, the young Jewish trainee lawyer in love with Rose Maurrant

   - 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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“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

Photography, Robert Workman

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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"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