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Current and future plans of William Purefoy include the world première of COUNTERTENOR Café Kafka and POPE/SURGEON The Commission Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Linbury Studio Covent Garden, HAMOR Jephtha Boston Handel and Haydn Society, TRUTH Triumph of Time and Truth/Triumph of Beauty and Deceit Karlsruhe, and new plays Gabriel Shakespeare's Globe and Le 6 ème Continent Bouffes du Nord in Paris.



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Current and future plans of William Purefoy include the world première of COUNTERTENOR Café Kafka and POPE/SURGEON The Commission Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Linbury Studio Covent Garden, HAMOR Jephtha Boston Handel and Haydn Society, TRUTH Triumph of Time and Truth/Triumph of Beauty and Deceit Karlsruhe, and new plays Gabriel Shakespeare's Globe and Le 6 ème Continent Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

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, and his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2008.

His international operatic engagements have included ARSAMENE Serse for New Zealand Opera, OTTONE L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Theater Basel, PTOLEMY Giulio Cesare and DR NICE 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 Semele, LYCHAS Hercules and ARSACE Partenope for Buxton Festival. In addition he appeared as ERNESTO Il Mondo della Luna for Garsington Opera, while for Scottish Opera he sang ANDRONICO Tamerlano and ANTONIO Gesualdo. He has also frequently appeared at Shakespeare's Globe.

His many recordings to date have included Buxtehude Scandinavian Cantatas (Theatre of Voices/Da Capo), Vaughan-Williams Mass in G Minor (Hickox/Chandos), Boyce’s Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day and David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan (Hanover Band/ASV Gaudeamus), Rosie Blood (John Harle Terror and Magnificence/Decca Argo) and the role of SPIRIT Dido and Aeneas (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Chandos). He was featured in the television series In Search of Shakespeare and the film Young Victoria and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Purcell Room as well as in Innsbruck and Graz.

A graduate of Magdalen College Oxfordand Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a winner of the NFMS Young Concert Artists Award.



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