Winner of the Sullivan Foundation's prestigious Theodor Uppman Award, Mr. Pursell's 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 Der Spieler), and a critically acclaimed performance of Dandini in La Cenerentola with the Merola Opera Program. That same year he was named recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant and was Second Award winner of the Jensen Foundation Competition.
Recent engagements include Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen, Marcello in La Bohème, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Senator Potter's Assistant/Priest in Fellow Travelers, and Pilate in a staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As concert soloist, he has performed Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s The Creation, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Strauss’ Salome.
Mr. Pursell's upcoming engagements include Liberto in The Coronation of Poppea at Cincinnati Opera, Walter Raleigh in Roberto Devereux, a Jailer in Tosca, Count Lamoral in Arabella, and the Angel Quartet in It's a Wonderful Life at San Francisco Opera.