Bass-baritone (United Kingdom)
Alberich in Götterdämmerung and Pasha Selim in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Previously: Alberich in Das Rheingold (2014) and Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes (2010).
About the Artist:
Christopher Purves continues his portrayal of Alberich after singing the role at HGO in Das Rheingold (2014). He also sang Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes (2010) and is concurrently performing Pasha Selim in HGO’s The
Abduction from the Seraglio. Highlights this season for Purves, formerly a member of the experimental rock group Harvey and the Wallbangers, include the title role in Richard Jones’s new production of Don Giovanni for English National Opera; Alberich in Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert; the Protector in Written on Skin for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the title role in Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul at the Adelaide Festival; and Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. Recent operatic highlights include Gamekeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen and the title role in Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Protector at Lincoln Center and on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, Alberich in Götterdämmerung at the Bavarian State Opera and in Siegfried with Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Gianni Schicchi at Opera North, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at Welsh National Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in his house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Balstrode at La Scala.