English countertenor William Towers makes his company debut and his role debut as the Refugee in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight.
Mr. Towers’ opera engagements have included Medoro in Orlando and Farnace in Mitridate Re di Ponto for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Teatro Municipale Valli Reggio Emilia, Staatsoper Hanover, the Royal Opera at the Linbury, and the Aldeburgh Festival; Apollo (Britten’s Death in Venice) for La Monnaie Brussels, Luxembourg Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Prague State Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, Oper Frankfurt and the Bregenz Festival; Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Teatro Real Madrid and Oper Frankfurt.
He has performed the title roles in Orlando (Goettingen Festival, Drottningholm Theatre and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco), Poro (Goettingen Festival), and Giulio Cesare (Gothenburg Opera). Other roles include Unulfo in Rodelinda (Bolshoi Moscow); Ottone in Agrippina, Ruggiero in Orlando Furioso, and Egeo in Teseo for Oper Frankfurt; Ottone (Handel’s Ottone) and Ozia (La Guiditta) at the Casa da Musica Porto; Orfeo (Gluck’s Orfeo) in Monte-Carlo, the Magician in Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lotario (Handel’s Lotario) for the London Handel Festival and Eustazio in Rinaldo for Grange Park Opera
Equally at home in contemporary work William’s roles include 5th Innocent in Harrison Birtwistle’s Minotaur for the Royal Opera Covent Garden; John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary for Theater Bonn; The Guest in the UK premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici; Bishop Baldwyn in Birtwistle’s Gawain; Der Leiermann in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away; Lance in the world premiere of Paul Frehner’s Sirius on Earth, and Little James in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper.
His oratorio and recital schedule has featured appearances in many major venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Konzerthaus Vienna, National Auditorium Madrid, Three Choirs Festival, Ravenna Festival, Flanders Early Music Festival, the Festivale de Musique Ancienne de Lyon and La Chaise Dieu.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include Death in Venice for Staatstheater Stuttgart; the title role in Radamisto for English Touring Opera; Marco Fabio in Lucio Papirio dittatore with La Serenissima for Buxton International Festival; Bach’s Mass in B minor with Jonathan Cohen; the Britten Canticles at Fundación Juan March, Madrid with Roger Vignoles; and Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Mr. Towers has appeared extensively as a soloist in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and his performances in the complete Bach series have been issued on CD. An album of Handel operatic arias is due for release in 2020. He read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music.