has received much praise for his acclaimed interpretations of a diverse and eclectic range of roles and repertoire and is in great demand with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world.
Highlights in the 2015/16 season include Written on Skin under Alan Gilbert at Lincoln Center, as well as on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, his debut at the Opera de Paris in Schoenberg Moses und Aron, Alberich in Gotterdammerung at Bayerische Staatsoper and in Siegfried with Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera, and his return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Gamekeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen. In concert Purves can be heard in Acis and Galatea with La Nuova Musica, Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a Baroque programme with Le Concert d'Astrée, and Messiah with Handel and Haydn Society.
Recent highlights include The Perfect American with Opera Queensland; title role Gianni Schicchi at Opera North; Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande at Welsh National Opera, and title role in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Other operatic highlights include appearances at the Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Salzburger Festspiele, Staatsoper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Welsh National Opera and English National Opera.
An established singer of Baroque music, recent highlights include appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Le Concert d'Astree. In 2012 Purves' debut solo CD, Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice, was released on Hyperion with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, to critical acclaim.