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.
Currently William is touring as Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville for Swansea City Opera and will be making his debut at Longborough Festival Opera in June as Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. He is also appearing as Jonathan in Alexander Balus for the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen in May.
William recently performed the role of Grimoaldo in Handel’s 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. Last year, William covered Arbante for Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Hipermestra, and Ferrando for Gyndebourne’s 2017 Tour of Così fan Tutte. He also performed Tamino in the Magic Flute with Mid Wales Opera, The Sailor and The Spirit in Les Arts Florrisants’ production of Dido and Aeneas, and the title role in Thomas Arne’s Alfred for The Northern Opera Group.
During 2016 William performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall Opera and for Opera Project in Bristol. At the Rye Festival in September 2016 he performed Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. He sang The Schoolmaster in Janáček’s 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’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Handel’s Messiah, Joseph and His Brethren, Esther, Theodora, Judas Maccabeus, Acis and Galatea, Haydn's 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 Radio3’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.