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Purefoy, William (countertenor)
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William Purefoy (countertenor)

With an established reputation in the UK, including performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, English Concert and The Sixteen, William Purefoy is also frequently to be seen internationally with concerts, recitals and operatic appearances in New Zealand, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, including his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.

His international operatic engagements have included Arsamene in Serse for New Zealand Opera, Ottone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Theater Basel, Ptolemy in Giulio Cesare and Dr Nice in Evening Hymn for Staatsoper Hannover. Highlights of his UK appearances include Sir Philip Sydney in Harle’s Angel Magick (directed by David Pountney at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms), Xerxes for Iford Arts, Apollo in Mozart’s Apollo and Hyacinth for Opera Theatre Company and Classical Opera Company, Ascanio in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba, and the Handel roles Athamas in Semele, Lychas in Hercules and Arsace in Partenope for Buxton Festival.

His many recordings to date have included Buxtehude’s Scandinavian Cantatas with Theatre of Voices (Da Capo), Vaughan-Williams’ Mass in G minor with Richard Hickox (Chandos), Boyce’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day and David’s Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan with the Hanover Band (ASV Gaudeamus), ‘Rosie-Blood’ on John Harle’s Terror and Magnificence (Decca Argo) and the role of Spirit in Dido and Aeneas with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Chandos). He was featured in the television series In Search of Shakespeare and the film Young Victoria.


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