Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA Shines in Merola Production

The Berkeley Daily Planet

"But Pursell has great comic flair, which was evident in his Act II introduction to a duet with Don Magnifico about “Un segreto d’importanza.” Pursell even used multiple voices, breaking into falsetto at one point to imitate the cloying caterwauling of the sisters Tisbe and Clorinda."

SF Opera's Merola Program Produces Endless Cinderella Stories

SFIST

"It is easy to steal the show with Dandini's part, it has plenty of comic relief as the valet enjoying the life as the king. But baritone Christian Pursell's voice had a pleasing directness, an effortless volume and tonal steadiness, he was just more than comedic fodder, he was a wonder to listen to."

 

2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra

Broadway World

"2017 Sara Tucker Study Grants of $5,000 apiece go to ... countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, tenor Alexander McKissick, bass-baritone Christian Pursell, bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, tenor Jack Swanson, and soprano Vanessa Vasquez."

A Look At The 2017 Richard Tucker Foundation Grant Winners

Operawire

"This award is given to seven young singers who are showing great promise at the start of their respective careers. Each recipient earns $5,000 apiece. The winners this year are countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, tenor Alexander McKissick, bass-baritone Christian Pursell, bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, tenor Jack Swanson, and soprano Vanessa Vasquez."

At Cincinnati Opera, a gay love story unfolds in the shadows of McCarthy era

Chicago Tribune

"Among the worthy supporting singers were Devon Guthrie as Mary Johnson, Hawkins' sharp-eyed office assistant; baritone and Ryan Opera Center alumnus Paul Scholten as Tommy McIntyre, a reporter; baritone Marcus DeLoach as the grandstanding McCarthy; bass-baritone Christian Pursell and baritone Vernon Hartman, both taking multiple roles."

 

Deeply felt ‘Fellow Travelers’ makes powerful impression

Cincinnati Enquirer

"Other cast members made fine contributions, sometimes in multiple roles, including Christian Pursell (notably as the priest who takes Tim’s confession), Paul Scholten as Tommy McIntyre and Talya Lieberman as Lucy, who marries Hawk."

 

Half of Met Audition Finalists are Low Male Voices!

Barihunks.com

"Twenty-three young opera singers who have won regional auditions around the United States arrived at the Met this week to compete in the semi-final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The closed semi-final competition, held on the Met stage before a panel of judges, will determine the select group of finalists who will advance to the final round of the competition. Eleven of the 23 semi-finalists are baritones, bass-baritones or basses!"