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William Towers

William Towers read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where he won several prizes for singing and acting, and graduated with Distinction and the Dip.RAM.

His opera engagements have included Medoro (Handel Orlando) and Farnace (Mozart Mitridate, Re di Ponto) for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Oberon (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Teatro La Fenice, for Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia, for the Royal Opera at the Linbury, for Hanover Staatsoper and for the Aldeburgh Festival, Apollo (Britten Death in Venice) at La Monnaie, Brussels, Luxembourg, Toronto, Prague State Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, Frankfurt Opera, Stuggart Opera and the Bregenz Festival, Ottone (Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Teatro Real Madrid and Frankfurt, Orlando (Handel Orlando) at the Goettingen Festival, at Drottningholm and with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Poro (Handel Poro) at the Goettingen Festival, Cesare (Handel Giulio Cesare) for Gothenburg Opera, Ottone (Handel Agrippina), Ruggiero (Vivaldi Orlando Furioso) and Egeo (Handel Teseo) for Frankfurt, Unulfo (Handel Rodelinda) for the Bolshoi Moscow, Ottone (Handel Ottone) and Ozia (Almeida La Guiditta) at the Casa da Musica Porto, Orfeo (Gluck Orfeo) in Monte-Carlo, Cristiano Mago (Handel Rinaldo) for Glyndebourne Festival, Harrison Birtwistle’s Minotaur for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Benedict Mason's Playing Away at the Bregenz Festival, Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Orlando (Handel Orlando) for Opera Theatre Company, Lotario (Handel Lotario) for the London Handel Festival and The Guest in the UK premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici for Music Theatre Wales. Recent roles include Cassandra (Marcello Cassandra) for Opera Rara in Krakow and his role debut as The Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Pacific Opera.

His oratorio and recital schedule has featured appearances in Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Dublin National Concert Hall, Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Konzerthaus Vienna, National Auditorium Madrid, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Berlin. Recent performances include Handel Messiah in Dresden with the MDR, Bach Easter Oratorio with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Purcell Ode for St Cecilia’s Day in Budapest with the Hungarian Radio Choir. He has recently released a disc of Handel operatic arias entitled Handelian Pyrotechnics on the Signum label.

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