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William Towers

Countertenor

  • William Towers as a thrillingly resonant Voice of Apollo
    Daily Telegraph
  • Towers is clearly one of the most promising singers in his field at the moment
    Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
  • In the title role, the counter-tenor William Towers sang superbly, with power, dramatic confidence, ardour and sensitivity
    Stephen Pettitt, Opera Magazine
  • William Towers read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. He 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.

    His opera engagements have included roles at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Glyndebourne Festival, Oper Frankfurt, Göttingen Handel Festival, Gothenburg Opera, Linbury Theatre, La Monnaie Brussels, Aldeburgh Festival, Canadian Opera Company, National Theatre Prague, Teatro Real Madrid, Bregenz Festival, Opera Theatre Company, London Handel Festival, Music Theatre Wales and at Grange Park.

    His oratorio and recital schedule has featured appearances in many major venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, including the BBC Proms, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Paul McCreesh, Richard Hickox, Laurence Cummings Emmanuelle Haïm, Barry Wordsworth, Stephen Layton and Jeffrey Skidmore. Orchestras he has worked with include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, The Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée and Netherlands Bach Society. He has sung Orlando and Belshazzar in the US with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque.

    Current plans include various engagements with the Armonico Consort, Oberon Midsummer Night’s Dream for Staatsoper Hannover and a collaboration with Ensemble Amarillis.

    • The Killing Flower
      Music Theatre Wales (July 2013)

      The two crucial encounters, with the duchess’s lover (the fine countertenor, William Towers) and with her accusing husband, are fine-tuned to a vast emotional range in a little space.
      Hilary Finch, The Times ****
    • Teseo
      Oper Frankfurt (June 2013)

      William Towers, as King Egeo, is one of the two luminous pure counter-tenors of this production.
      Axel Zibulski, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
      English National Opera (May 2011)

      Iestyn Davies’s Oberon fell victim to a virus but bravely mimed the part with William Towers as his voluptuous vocal shadow.
      Andrew Clark, Financial Times
      On the first night, Davies had lost his voice, and acted through the role, while William Towers sang it, very well, from a box to the side of the stage.
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
    • Too Hot to Handel
      Armonico Consort

      Too Hot to Handel, the Armonico Consort's romcom pastiche, had Buxton's audience eating out of its hand from the first note of counter-tenor William Towers's first recitative. With a tiny on-stage band, and music drawn from the operas Xerxes, Orlando, Giulio Cesare, Poro and Agrippina, this breezy, demotic two-hander sees Towers and soprano Yvette Bonner meet, fall in love, move in together, split up acrimoniously, comfort eat and reunite, with a little help from a lost dog, a bunch of balloons and a flurry of snowflakes. Beautifully sung by both leads
      Anna Picard, The Independent
      Towers has devised a modern boy-meets-girl-in-a-bedsit libretto to accommodate some of Handel’s most glorious numbers – from Giulio Cesare, Poro, Orlando, even a chorus from Messiah – into a tale of poignancy and (equally important) laughter. He justifies the idea by pointing out that, in the fashion of the time, Handel was just as shameless in pirating his own scores, or those of others. At this performance, another justification was surely the calibre of the finished product. The production talked down to no one, but fizzed from one aria to another…The singing duo was a delight: Towers and Yvette Bonner…Towers’ ‘Under the branches’ (from Orlando) was magical; his ratty, obsessive ’I’ll keep quiet’ typified this giddy match of updated text to Baroque aria; and his coloratura while mixing vodka and aftershave was a joy.
      Roderic Dunnett, Opera Magazine
    • Rinaldo
      Glyndebourne Festival Opera (July 2011)

      …there was a striking cameo from Mead’s fellow countertenor William Towers as the Christian Magus,
      Jonathan Keates, Opera Magazine
    • Death in Venice
      Canadian Opera Company (October 2010)

      William Towers was perfection as Apollo
      Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail
  • William Towers’ Opera Repertoire

    ADES
    • The Tempest (Stephano)
    • Almeida
    • La Giuditta (Ozia)
    BRITTEN
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon)
    • Death in Venice (Voice of Apollo)
    CAVALLI
    • La Callisto (Endimione)
    DOVE
    • Flight (The Refugee)
    GLUCK
    • Orfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo)
    HANDEL
    • Agrippina (Ottone)
    • Giulio Cesare (Cesare / Tolomeo)
    • Lotario (Lotario)
    • Orlando (Orlando,Medoro)
    • Ottone (Ottone)
    • Poro (Poro)
    • Rinaldo (Eustazio, Mago Cristiano)
    • Semele (Athamas)
    • Xerxes/Serse (Arsamenes)
    MONTEVERDI
    • Poppea (Ottone)
    MOZART
    • Mitridate (Farnace)
    • Ascanio in Alba (Ascanio)
    PURCELL
    • Dido & Aeneas (Sorceress / Spirit)
    • Fairy Queen (Countertenor parts)
    VIVALDI
    • Orlando Furioso (Ruggiero)
    WEIR
    • Night at the Chinese Opera (The Military Governor)

    William Towers Concert Repertoire

    BACH
    • Cantatas 4, 5, 8, 12, 22, 23, 26, 35, 36, 38, 48, 54, 62, 71, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 85, 88, 90, 93, 98, 99, 100, 103, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 121, 125, 131, 137, 138, 146, 151, 159, 169, 170, 185, 188, 197
    • Christmas Oratorio
    • Easter Oratorio
    • Lutheran Mass in G
    • Magnificat
    • Mass in B minor
    • St John Passion
    • St Mark Passion
    • St Matthew Passion
    BERNSTEIN
    • Chichester Psalms
    BIRTWISTLE
    • Angel Fighter
    BLOW
    • Ode on the Death of Mr H.Purcell
    BRITTEN
    • Canticles
    CROFT
    • Ode for the Peace of Utrecht
    HANDEL
    • Belshazzar (Daniel)
    • Dixit Dominus
    • Foundling Hospital Anthem
    • Israel in Egypt
    • Joshua (Othniel)
    • Messiah
    • Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
    • Samson (Micah)
    • Saul (David)
    • Semele (Athamas)
    • Theodora (Didymus)
    • Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate
    LAMBERT
    • The Rio Grande
    MOZART
    • Coronation Mass
    ORFF
    • Carmina Burana
    PERGOLESI
    • Stabat Mater
    PURCELL
    • Come, ye Sons of Art
    • Hail bright Cecilia
    • Indian Queen
    • Now does the glorious day appear
    SCARLATTI
    • David Pugna et Victoria (Saul)
    • Salve Regina
    VIVALDI
    • Gloria
    • Nisi Dominus
    • Stabat Mater
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