Baritone Christopher Purves has a great affinity for contemporary repertoire and has originated roles in a number of World Premieres, most notably as Protector in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Royal Opera House, Bavarian Staatsoper, Netherlands Opera, and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, and as Walt Disney in Philip Glass’s The Perfect American at Teatro Real Madrid and English National Opera. Also an established Baroque singer, recent highlights include appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, and Le Concert d’Astree. In 2012 his debut solo CD, Handel’s Finest Arias for Base Voice, was released on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.
Highlights of his 2015–16 season include performances of Written on Skin on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, including at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, conducted by Alan Gilbert, as well as his Opéra national de Paris debut in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and appearances as Alberich in Wagner’s Gotterdammerung at Bavarian Staatsoper, in Wagner’s Siegfried with Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera, and as the Gamekeeper in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In concert, Mr. Purves can be heard in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with La Nuova Musica, Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a Baroque program with Le Concert d’Astrée, and Handel’s Messiah with Handel and Haydn Society.
Recent highlights include The Perfect American with Opera Queensland; the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Opera North; performances as Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Welsh National Opera; and Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Other operatic highlights include appearances at the Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Salzburger Festspiele, Staatsoper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Welsh National Opera, and English National Opera.