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Christopher Purves (Bass)

Born: England

The English bass, Christopher Purves, studied English at Kings College Cambridge before performing and recording with the highly innovative vocal rock & roll group Harvey and the Wallbangers.

Concert engagements include Mozartís Mass in C at Aix-en-Provence with The Sixteen, Igor Stravinskyís Les Noces with Philippe Herreweghe in Brussels, Monteverdiís Vespers 1610 with Richard Hickox, J.S. Bachís B Minor Mass (BWV 232) at the Chaise Dieu Festival, George Frideric Handelís Judas Maccabeus in Nuremberg and Saul at the Covent Garden and La Chaise Dieu Festivals with the Gabrieli Consort, Berliozís Líenfance du Christ, John Tavenerís Apocalypse at the Proms with the City of London Sinfonia, the St John Passion (BWV 245) with Paul Goodwin in Madrid, G.F. Handelís Messiah and Haydnís Nelson Mass with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, G.F. Handelís La Resurrezione with Les Musiciens de Louvre, Arthur Honeggerís Jeanne díArc au Bûcher with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Libor Pesek, Les Mamelles de Tirésias with the London Sinfonietta under Sir Simon Rattle, Manoah in Samson with Harry Christophers and Susanna with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Paris, Benjamin Brittenís War Requiem and The Creation with the Ulster Orchestra, Belshazzarís Feast with the Orchestra of Opera North under Paul Daniel and with the Hallé Orchestra, Lucifer in G.F. Handelís La Resurrezione for Paul McCreesh in Rome, Amsterdam and London, Alexanderís Feast in Munich with Marcus Creed and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the Orquestra Nacional díEspana.

Christopher Purves' operatic engagements include Marco in Gianni Schicchi the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro for Scottish Opera and Opera North; Marcello in La Bohème for Scottish Opera; Papageno in Magic Flute and Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera and Opera North; Podesta in La Gazza Ladra for Garsington Opera; the Forester in Cunning Little Vixen; Siegfried in Genoveva, Dulcamara in Líelisir díamore, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and Balstrode in Peter Grimes for Opera North; the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zebul in Jephtha, Germont in La Traviata, title role in Don Giovanni and a critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Wozzeck for Welsh National Opera; Sharpless in Anthony Minghellaís new production of Madama Butterfly for English National Opera, Alcina at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and a controversial production of J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at the Glyndebourne Festival. He created the role of Executioner in James Macmillanís Ines de Castro and performed Parthenogenesis also by Macmillan and Zaide at the Edinburgh International Festival where he has also appeared as Cecil in Maria Stuarda with Sir Charles Mackerras. Recordings include Le Nozze di Figaro for Chandos Records in which he sings the title role and the forthcoming release of Messiah with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

Recent engagements include The Sacrifice, a new commission by James MacMillan, and Ford Falstaff both for Welsh National Opera, Messiah in Boston for the Handel & Haydn Society, further performances of Peter Grimes for Opera North and Nick Shadow The Rakeís Progress for Garsington Opera.

Future engagements include Tonio Pagliacci for English National Opera, the title role in a new production of Falstaff for the Glyndebourne Festival, Balstrode Peter Grimes at Houston Grand Opera and The Traveller Death in Venice for New York City Opera.

Source: Hazard Chase Website (2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ivor Bolton


G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Melisso]

Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen: BWV 34, BWV 50, BWV 147; BWV 225-230, BWV 245

Richard Egarr


BWV 245

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Christopher Purves - Baritone (Hazard Chase)


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