A 2018 Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient and 2016 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, bass-baritone Christian Pursell is currently an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera.
Winner of the Sullivan Foundation's prestigious Theodor Uppman Award, Mr. Pursell's 2017 season saw debuts at both Houston Grand Opera and the Vienna State Opera, 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.
In his first year as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, he appeared on stage as Walter Raleigh in Roberto Devereux, the Jailer in Tosca, Count Lamoral in Arabella, and as part of the Angel Quartet in It's a Wonderful Life. Other 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 Britten's War Requiem, Brahms' Ein deutsches 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 Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile at Mission Dolores Basilica, Samuel/Doeg in Handel's Saul with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.