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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 & roll group Harvey and the Wallbangers, touring and recording, before he was offered the opportunity to sing Don Pasquale with Opera 80. He subsequently appeared in Mozart's Mass in C 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, 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

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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 & roll group Harvey and the Wallbangers, touring and recording, before he was offered the opportunity to sing Don Pasquale with Opera 80. He subsequently appeared in Mozart's Mass in C 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, 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 Nono's Al gran sole carico d'amore, a production which will be revived at the Staatsoper in Berlin in 2012. He created the role of Executioner in James Macmillan's Ines de Castro for Scottish Opera and appeared in Parthenogenesis also by Macmillan at the Edinburgh International Festival. Further appearances at the Edinburgh Festival include Cecil in Maria Stuarda with Sir Charles Mackerras, Zaide and L'heure Espagnole.

On the concert platform Christopher has appeared in performances of Beethoven Symphony 9 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Saul with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Acis & Galatea with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh at the Wigmore Hall and Alexander's Feast and Nelson Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He made his debut as a recitalist at the Aldeburgh Festival and last season sung Schubert's Schwanengesang at Opera North in Leeds and at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge. Recordings include the title role Le Nozze di Figaro for Chandos Records, Messiah with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen and Maria de Rohan for Opera Rara.

Engagements during 2010/11 include Aci, Galatea et Polifemo with Les Arts Florissants, Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler 8 at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Balstrode Peter Grimes at Houston Grand Opera, Mr Redburn Billy Budd for Netherlands Opera and Méphistophélès Damnation of Faust for English National Opera. Future projects include Nick Shadow The Rake's Progress for Opéra de Lille and Balstrode Peter Grimes for La Scala.

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