(Santa Cruz, California)
2018–19 Season: Walter Raleigh in Roberto Devereux, a Jailer in Tosca, Count Lamoral in Arabella, Angel Quartet in It's a Wonderful Life
A national semi-finalist of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, bass-baritone Christian Pursell earned acclaim for his role in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers at Cincinnati Opera. His 2017 season saw debuts at both Houston Grand Opera (Tom in Laura Kaminsky's Some Light Emerges) and the Vienna State Opera (Second Englishman in Prokofiev's The Gambler). As a participant in the 2017 Merola Opera Program he received critical acclaim for his performance of Dandini in La Cenerentola. Recent engagements include Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, Marcello in La Bohème, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Pilate in a staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As concert soloist, he has performed Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s The Creation, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Strauss’ Salome. Pursell is a 2017 recipient of the Sara Tucker Study Grant and Second Award winner of the 2017 Jensen Foundation Competition.