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Chance, Michael (countertenor)
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Michael Chance (countertenor)

"Despite the abundance of younger star countertenors these days, none of them yet match Chance's intelligent delivery and supreme ability to get inside the English language." The Guardian

Michael Chance has established a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the male alto voice in all areas of the classical repertoire, and is in equal demand as an opera, concert and recording artist.

His vocal training with Rupert Bruce Lockhart followed an English degree at King's College, Cambridge where he was also a choral scholar. His first operatic appearance was in the Buxton Festival in Ronald Eyre's staging of Cavilli's Giasone which was followed by appearances in Lyon, Cologne, and three seasons with Kent opera. Subsequently, he has performed in the Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, La Scala Milan, New York, Lisbon, Oviedo, Paris, Amsterdam and with Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, and English National Opera. Festival appearances include Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms in London and Salzburg.

His appearances in oratorio and recital have taken him to concert halls all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Neue Gewandhaus and Berlin's Philharmonie. He has given recitals in Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Israel, New York and London's Wigmore Hall with a variety of programmes, ranging from Elizabethan lute songs to new works commissioned for him.

Michael Chance's list of recordings is numerous and widespread. He received a Grammy award for his participation in Handel's Semele for Deutsche Grammophon with John Nelson and Kathleen Battle. He has recorded frequently with John Eliot Gardiner, including the Bach Passions and Cantatas, B Minor Mass, Monterverdi's Orfeo and L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Handel's Jeptha, Tamerlano and Agrippina. Other conductors he has recorded with include Trevor Pinnock, Franz Bruggen, Ton Koopman and Nicholas McGegan.

His belief in extending the counter-tenor repertoire has prompted new work to be composed for him by Richard Rodney Bennett, Alexander Goehr, Tan Dun, Anthony Powers, John Tavener, and Elvis Costello—amongst others. He sings regularly with the viol consort Fretwork, and recently toured with them to Japan and the United States.

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Albums

A Musicall Dreame
CDA66335Archive Service
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
CDGIM339
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Blow & Draghi: Odes for St Cecilia
CDH55257Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Blow & Purcell: Countertenor duets
CDH55447Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: A Boy was Born & other choral works
CDH55307Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: The Five Canticles
CDH55244Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres
CDH55455Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Draghi & Blow: Odes for St Cecilia
CDH55257Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
English Madrigals
GIMSE403Gimell (budget price)
Essential Purcell
This album is not yet available for downloadKING2Super-budget price sampler
Howells: Requiem; Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor
CDH55220Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
CDGIM339
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum
CDGIM003Download only
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
CDGIM339
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Pergolesi: Stabat mater
CDA66294
Purcell & Blow: Countertenor duets
CDH55447Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 1 – Royal and Ceremonial Odes
CDA66314Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Purcell: Odes, Vol. 8 – Come ye sons of Art
CDA66598Archive Service; also available on CDS44031/8
Purcell: The Complete Odes & Welcome Songs
CDS44031/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
GIMBX301Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1
Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor; Howells: Requiem
CDH55220Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Zelenka: Lamentations
CDH55106Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

GREGORIO ALLEGRI (1582-1652)
Miserere mei, Deuswith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor), Alison Stamp (soprano), Jane Armstrong (soprano), Julian Walker (bass)
Miserere mei, Deuswith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor), Alison Stamp (soprano), Jane Armstrong (soprano), Julian Walker (bass)
JOHN BLOW (1649-1708)
Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear?with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcellwith James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
The glorious day is comewith The Parley of Instruments, The Playford Consort, Peter Holman (conductor)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Canticle II 'Abraham and Isaac', Op 51with Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Canticle IV 'The Journey of the Magi', Op 86with Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Alan Opie (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op 30with Corydon Singers, Westminster Cathedral Choristers, Matthew Best (conductor)
JOHN COPRARIO (c1570-1626)
In darkness let me dwellwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
FRANÇOIS 'LE GRAND' COUPERIN (1668-1733)
Laetentur caeli 'Motet de St Barthélémy'with James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba), Robert King (organ)
Magnificatwith James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba), Robert King (organ)
Trois Leçons de Ténèbreswith James Bowman (countertenor), Robert King (organ)
Venite, exsultemus Dominowith James Bowman (countertenor), Mark Caudle (viola da gamba), Robert King (organ)
ANDREAS DE SILVA (c1475/80-c1530)
Nigra sumwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
GIOVANNI BATTISTA DRAGHI (c1640-1708)
From harmony, from heav'nly harmonywith The Parley of Instruments, The Playford Consort, Peter Holman (conductor)
HERBERT HOWELLS (1892-1983)
Requiemwith Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)
ROBERT JONES (fl1597-1615)
Farewell, fond youthwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Grief of my best love's absentingwith Tragicomedia
Hark! Wot ye what?with David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Ite caldi sospiriwith Tragicomedia
My complaining is but feigningwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
On a time in summer seasonwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Once did I serve a cruel heartwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Sweet Katewith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Though your strangeness frets my heartwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
Will said to his mammywith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
JEAN LHÉRITIER (c1480-after 1551)
Nigra sumwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
THOMAS MORLEY (1557/8-1602)
Phyllis, I fain would die nowwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
ANGELO NOTARI (1566-1663)
Intenerite voiwith David Cordier (countertenor), Tragicomedia
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (1525/6-1594)
Missa Nigra sumwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
GIOVANNI PERGOLESI (1710-1736)
In caelestibus regniswith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Stabat materwith The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Arise, my muse, Z320with The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Come ye sons of Art, away, Z323with New College Choir Oxford, The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Evening Hymn, Z193with Roger Vignoles (piano)
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383with The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Now does the glorious day appear, Z332with The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
O dive custos Auriacae domus 'An elegy upon the death of Queen Mary', Z514with James Bowman (countertenor), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339with The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King, Z340with New College Choir Oxford, The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Why, why are all the Muses mute?, Z343with New College Choir Oxford, The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Mass in G minorwith Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor), Mary Seers (soprano), Philip Salmon (tenor), Jonathan Best (bass)
TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA (1548-1611)
Nigra sumwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
JOHN WILBYE (1574-1638)
Draw on, sweet nightwith The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
JAN DISMAS ZELENKA (1679-1745)
Lamentationes pro die Mercurii Sancto 'Lamentations for Maundy Thursday'with The Chandos Baroque Players
Lamentationes pro die Veneris Sancto 'Lamentations for Easter Eve'with The Chandos Baroque Players

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A cold coming we had of it  
Abraham, my servant, Abraham  
Ah Heav'n! what is't I hear?  
Ah, heav'n! What is't I hear? (Blow)
And thus by Music's pow'r  
Arise, my muse, Z320 (Purcell)
As from the pow'r of sacred lays  
At first the trumpet's part  
Bonduca, or The British Heroine, Z574 (Purcell)
Britain, thou now art great, art great indeed!  
But oh! what art can teach  
By beauteous softness mixed with majesty  
Canticle II 'Abraham and Isaac', Op 51 (Britten)
Canticle IV 'The Journey of the Magi', Op 86 (Britten)
Come ye sons of Art, away, Z323 (Purcell)
Couch'd by the pleasant Heliconian spring  
Cuius animam gementem  
Deuxième Leçon  
Draw on, sweet night (Wilbye)
Eia mater, fons amoris  
Evening Hymn, Z193 (Purcell/Britten)
Excesses of pleasure now crowd on apace  
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum  
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem  
Farewell, fond youth (Jones)
For H is a spirit and therefore he is God  
For H is a spirit and therefore he is God – For the instruments are by their rhimes  
For I am under the same accusation with my Saviour  
For I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey  
For the flowers are great blessings  
For the instruments are by their rhimes  
For the Mouse is a creature of great personal valour  
From harmony, from heav'nly harmony (Draghi)
Grief of my best love's absenting (Jones)
Hail! bright Cecilia, Z328 (Purcell)
Hallelujah  
Hallelujah from the heart of God  
Hark how the songsters  
Hark! Wot ye what? (Jones)
Here the Deities approve  
I heard a voice from heaven  
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills  
In caelestibus regnis (Pergolesi)
In darkness let me dwell (Coprario)
In vain the Am'rous Flute and soft Guitar  
Incassum Lesbia, incassum rogas 'The Queen's Epicedium', Z383 (Purcell)
Incipit lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae  
Inflammatus et accensus  
Intenerite voi (Notari)
Ite caldi sospiri (Jones)
Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum  
Jod. Manum suam misit hostis  
Laetentur caeli 'Motet de St Barthélémy' (Couperin)
Lamentationes pro die Mercurii Sancto 'Lamentations for Maundy Thursday' (Zelenka)
Lamentationes pro die Veneris Sancto 'Lamentations for Easter Eve' (Zelenka)
Let Nimrod, the mighty hunter  
Magnificat (Couperin)
Mark how the Lark and Linnet Sing  
Mass in G minor (Vaughan Williams)
Miserere mei, Deus (Allegri)
Missa Nigra sum (Palestrina)
Music! celestial Music! what can be  
My complaining is but feigning (Jones)
Nigra sum (De Silva)
Nigra sum (Lhéritier)
Nigra sum (Victoria)
No, resistance is but vain  
Now does the glorious day appear, Z332 (Purcell)
Now that the sun hath veiled his light  
O dive custos Auriacae domus 'An elegy upon the death of Queen Mary', Z514 (Purcell)
O how blest is the Isle to which Caesar is given  
O quam tristis et afflicta  
O saviour of the world  
Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell (Blow)
On a time in summer season (Jones)
Once did I serve a cruel heart (Jones)
Orpheus cou'd lead the savage race  
Phyllis, I fain would die now (Morley)
Première Leçon  
Psalm 121  
Psalm 23  
Quae moerebat et dolebat  
Quando corpus morietur  
Quis est homo qui non fleret  
Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues  
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op 30 (Britten)
Requiem (Howells)
Requiem aeternam I  
Requiem aeternam II  
Salvator mundi  
Sancta mater, istud agas  
Sharp violins proclaim  
Sing, sing ye druids  
Song Tune 'Britons, strike home'  
Song Tune 'To arms, to arms'  
Sound the trumpet, 'til around  
Stabat mater (Pergolesi)
Sweet Kate (Jones)
The battle done, the loud alarms do cease  
The glorious day is come (Blow)
The Lord is my shepherd  
The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail, Z601 (Purcell)
The soft complaining flute  
The spheres, those instruments divine  
The trumpet's loud clangor  
This that blest king and god-like prophet knew  
Though your strangeness frets my heart (Jones)
Timon of Athens, Z632 (Purcell)
'Tis Nature's Voice; thro' all the moving Wood  
Trois Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)
Troisième Leçon  
Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion  
Venite, exsultemus Domino (Couperin)
Vidit suum dulcem natum  
Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339 (Purcell)
Welcome, vicegerent of the mighty King, Z340 (Purcell)
What passion cannot Musick raise and quell!  
When nature underneath a heap  
Why, why are all the Muses mute?, Z343 (Purcell)
Will said to his mammy (Jones)
With rapture of delight dost see – Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail to thee!