Christian Pursell

Voice Type: Bass-Baritone

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California

Merola Roles: Dandini (La Cenerentola)

Schools: Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Caramoor Festival
Tom Baresel (CCM), Barbara Honn (SFCM), Daniel Mobbs (SFCM), Tony Dehner (Monte Vista Christian School)
Major Roles or Experience: Pandolfe (Cendrillon); Senator Potter’s Assistant (Fellow Travelers, world premiere); Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen); Abdullah Shalimar (The Clown); Belcore (L’elisir d’amore); Marcello (La bohème)

Other Interests:

I grew up playing piano and switched to voice in high school. To keep me sane, the last 10 years I’ve owned a 1967 Chevy C10 pickup truck. I’ve always been working and tinkering with it, like when I moved to Ohio I installed a contemporary engine/transmission so it would run smoothly in the brutal Cincinnati winters!

Piano, videography and professional recordings, photography, computers, backpacking and grease monkey-ing.

Awards: Metropolitan Opera National Council, Central Region Winner, 2016; CCM Opera Scholarship Competition, Italo Tajo Memorial Award, 2016; CCM Opera Scholarship Competition, Seybold-Russell Award, 2015; Metropolitan Opera National Council, San Francisco District Winner, 2014

Upcoming: Tom (Some Light Emerges, world premiere); Pilate (St. Matthew Passion)