William Wallace, winner of the 2016 London Handel Singing Competition (Regina Etz Prize), graduated from the National Opera Studio and the Royal College of Music. William made his acclaimed debut at Longborough Festival Opera last June as Steuermann DER FLIEGENDE HOLLAENDER and recently performed the role of Grimoaldo RODELINDA with the newly reformed Cambridge Handel Opera Company. He also made his debut at the Wigmore Hall performing Ahasuerus in Handel’s oratorio, Esther, for the London Handel Festival and as Jonathan in Alexander Balus for the Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen in May 2018.
William covered Arbante for Glyndebourne Festival’s production of HIPERMESTRA, and Ferrando for Gyndebourne’s 2017 Tour of COSI FAN TUTTE. He also performed Tamino THE MAGIC FLUTE with Mid Wales Opera, The Sailor and The Spirit in Les Arts Florrisants’ production of DIDO & AENEAS, and the title role in Thomas Arne’s ALFRED for The Northern Opera Group.
During 2016 William performed Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI for Winslow Hall Opera and for Opera Project in Bristol. At the Rye Festival in September 2016 he performed Quint THE TURN OF THE SCREW. He sang The Schoolmaster THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN with British Youth Opera, for which he received the 2015 Dame Hilda Bracket Award from the Sadler’s Wells Trust.
William’s extensive oratorio and concert repertory includes Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Handel Messiah, Joseph and His Brethren, Esther, Theodora, Judas Maccabeus and Acis and Galatea, Haydn Nelson Mass and Harmoniemesse, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noel and Bach’s Cantatas, Magnificat and Passions (as Evangelist and tenor soloist). He has made two appearances on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune singing Handel and Britten, and also as soloist in Messiah in the Albert Hall and at St George’s Hanover Square for the London Handel Society.
Upcoming performances include the role of Belfiore in Mozart’s LA FINTA GIARDINERA for Israeli Opera, performances of Haydn Creation in Athens with Brian Kay, evangelist and tenor soloist in St. Matthew Passion in Hannover Cathedral with Jorg Straube, recordings and concert performances of Margaret Catchpole: TWO WORLDS APART at Snape Maltings, and the role of Count Almaviva IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Opera Project in Bristol.