William Wallace (tenor) is the winner of the 2016 Handel Singing Competition (Regina Etz Prize) awarded by the London Handel Festival. Having graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Masters Degree in Performance (Distinction), he went on to study at the National Opera Studio, London, generously funded by the Nelly Groner Trust.

He appeared as The Schoolmaster in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen with British Youth Opera to great acclaim, receiving the Dame Hilda Bracket Award (for comedy in opera) for this performance from the Sadler’s Wells Trust. He recently performed Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall Opera and for Opera Project in Bristol, and Prologue/Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw at the Rye Festival. Other operatic roles include The Mayor Albert Herring and Zweiter Preister Die Zauberflöte for the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Tybalt Roméo et Juliette (Bearwood Opera) and Gastone La traviata (Rye Festival). He made his début as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Mid Wales Opera in February 2017, and recently covered the leading role of Arbante Hipermestra at Glyndebourne Festival.

William also has extensive oratorio and concert experience, performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Handel’s Messiah, Theodora, Judas Maccabeus and Acis and Galatea, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Bach cantatas, Magnificat and the Passions (Evangelist and tenor arias) over the past two seasons. Recent engagements include Messiah and Simeon/Judah in Joseph and his Brethren at St George’s Hanover Square for the London Handel Festival, for which he also sang the Winners’ Showcase and a lunchtime recital. Forthcoming engagements include Messiah for London Handel Festival.