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Purves, Christopher (bass)
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Christopher Purves (bass)

Born in Cambridge, Christopher Purves was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied English. On leaving university he joined the highly innovative rock and roll group Harvey and the Wallbangers, before he was offered the opportunity to sing Don Pasquale with Opera 80. He subsequently appeared in Mozart’s C minor Mass in Aix-en-Provence with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, followed by his debut at English National Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni.

In a close collaboration with the director Richard Jones, Christopher has enjoyed much critical acclaim for his interpretations of Wozzeck at Welsh National Opera, Tonio (Pagliacci) for English National Opera and more recently the title role in Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger for Welsh National Opera. Further operatic appearances include Marco (Gianni Schicchi) at Covent Garden, Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Balstrode (Peter Grimes) for Opera North, the title role in Don Giovanni and The General in James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice for Welsh National Opera, Melisso (Alcina) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and Sharpless in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly for English National Opera. Christopher made his Salzburg debut in Katie Mitchell’s production of Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore, a production revived at the Staatsoper in Berlin. Christopher has appeared as Balstrode in Peter Grimes at Houston Grand Opera and at La Scala, Milan. He made his debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in George Benjamin’s critically acclaimed Written on Skin, and at Opéra de Lille as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. In London he sang Mephistopheles in Terry Gilliam’s production of The Damnation of Faust for ENO, which won the Southbank Sky Arts 2012 opera award.

On the concert platform Christopher has appeared in performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Haydn’s The Creation with Le Concert d’Astrée, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh Festival and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Acis and Galatea with the Gabrieli Consort at Wigmore Hall. His extensive discography includes recordings for Chandos, Opera Rara, Opus Arte and Harmonia Mundi.

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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72 (Handel)
Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
Agrippina, HWV6 (Handel)
Ah! what avails the sprightly morn of life (Linley Sr.)
Ah, crudel (Armida)  Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Alexander's Feast, HWV75 (Handel)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV122 (Handel)
As steals the morn upon the night (Il Moderato)  Part 3 No 7, Duet of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55 (Handel)
Belshazzar, HWV61 (Handel)
Caddi, è ver (Lucifero)  Part 1 No 4, Aria from La Resurrezione, HWV47 (Handel)
Cara pianta (Apollo)  No 18, Aria from Apollo e Dafne, HWV122 (Handel)
Cara sposa (Rinaldo)  Act 1, Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Coronach (Attwood)
Could he whom my dissembled rigour grieves, Op 3 No 3 (Jackson)
Damon and Clora (Harington)
Deborah, HWV51 (Handel)
Destructive war (Cyrus)  Act 3 Scene 3, Aria from Belshazzar, HWV61 (Handel)
Enchanting harmonist (Harington)
Fly to my aid, O mighty Love (Linley Sr.)
Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori (Polifemo)  No 23, Aria from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV72 (Handel)
Go, rose! my Chloe's bosom grace (Earle)
Great God! who, yet but darkly known (Cyrus)  Act 1, Aria from Belshazzar, HWV61 (Handel)
He is gone on the mountain  First line to Coronach (Attwood)
He who could first two gentle hearts unbind (Linley Sr.)
I rage, I melt, I burn! (Polyphemus)  Part 2 No 2, Accompagnato from Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
If I give thee honour due (L'Allegro)  Part 1 No 14, Recitative from L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55 (Handel)
Impari ognun da Orlando (Zoroastro)  Act 3 Scene 6 No 10, Accompagnato from Orlando, HWV31 (Handel)
In thousand thoughts of love and thee (Linley Sr.)
Kind heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus)  Aria from Theodora, HWV68 (Handel)
La Resurrezione, HWV47 (Handel)
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55 (Handel)
Leave me, loathsome light (Somnus)  Act 3 Scene 1, Air from Semele, HWV58 (Handel)
Martial Symphony – Destructive war (Cyrus)  Act 3 Scene 3, Symphony – Aria from Belshazzar, HWV61 (Handel)
Mie piante correte (Apollo)  No 17, Aria from Apollo e Dafne, HWV122 (Handel)
Mirth, admit me of thy crew (L'Allegro)  Part 1 No 15, Air from L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55 (Handel)
Muzio Scevola, HWV13 (Handel)
Nel mondo e nell'abisso (Isacio)  Act 3 Scene 4, Aria from Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus)  Part 2 No 3, Air from Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
Ode to the memory of Italian virtuosi (Harington)
Or la tromba – Battaglia (Rinaldo)  Act 3, Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Or la tromba (Rinaldo)  Act 3, Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Or let the merry bells ring round (L'Allegro)  Part 1 No 22, Air with chorus of L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV55 (Handel)
Orlando, HWV31 (Handel)
Qual'insolita luce (Lucifero)  Part 1 No 3, Accompagnato from La Resurrezione, HWV47 (Handel)
Quando non vede la cara madre (Pulcheria)  Act 3, Aria of Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens)  Act 1 No 5, Air from Theodora, HWV68 (Handel)
Revenge, Timotheus cries  Part 2 No 2, Air from Alexander's Feast, HWV75 (Handel)
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Semele, HWV58 (Handel)
Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto (Argante)  Act 1 No 10, Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Sorge infausta una procella (Zoroastro)  Act 3 Scene 6 No 11, Aria from Orlando, HWV31 (Handel)
Tears, such as tender fathers shed (Abinoam)  Part 3 Scene 2 No 2, Air from Deborah, HWV51 (Handel)
The raptur'd soul (Didymus)  Act 1 Scene 2, Aria from Theodora, HWV68 (Handel)
Theodora, HWV68 (Handel)
To pow'r immortal my first thanks are due (Gobrias)  Act 3 Scene 3, Air from Belshazzar, HWV61 (Handel)
Venti turbini (Rinaldo)  Act 1, Aria from Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Vieni, o cara (Claudio)  Act 1 Scene 21, Aria from Agrippina, HWV6 (Handel)
Vo' far guerra, e vincer voglio (Armida)  Act 2, Aria of Rinaldo, HWV7a (Handel)
Volate più dei venti (Porsena)  Act 3 No 6, Aria from Muzio Scevola, HWV13 (Handel)
Where the bee sucks, Op 11 No 6 (Jackson)
Ye sportive loves, that round me wait (Linley Sr.)
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