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Rupert Charlesworth (Tenor)

Born: Crediton, Devon, England

The English tenor, Rupert Charlesworth, read Music at King’s College London and currently studies with Philip Doghan and Iain Ledingham. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he was generously supported by the Karaviotis Scholarship, the John Kenneth Adams Scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Countess of Munster Trust and Mr and Mrs Sommerville. He was a 2011 Academy Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, won both the Jury and Audience prizes of the 2013 Handel Singing Competition which he has repeated at the 2014 International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti.

Rupert Charlesworth's opera roles include Damon in Acis and Galatea and Younger Son in Trauernacht - Katie Mitchell’s staging of J.S. Bach's cantatas - for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Soldier in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for English Touring Opera and Hermit in Wakening Shadow - Luke Styles’ realisation of Benjamin Britten's Canticles - for the Glyndebourne Jerwood Programme under Vladimir Jurowski. In concert he has appeared as Narrator in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica, Porto / Laurence Cummings and Angel 3 and John in George Benjamin's Written on Skin with the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra. College roles included Count Enrico in La Vera Costanza under Trevor Pinnock.

Rupert Charlesworth is also in demand as an oratorio soloist with recent engagements including J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with Les Musiciens du Louvre / Marc Minkowski, George Frideric Handel's Messiah with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas Kraemer, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with Café Zimmermann / Céline Frisch and J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (tenor arias) with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra / Paul Goodwin.

Rupert Charlesworth's recent and forthcoming engagements include a recital disc of English and French repertoire with Edwige Herchenroder; Haydn's Harmoniemesse with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Tonu Kaljuste; the premiere of Joanna Lee’s The Way Back Home for English National Opera; Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Cappella Amsterdam / Daniel Reuss, Jupiter in Semele (in concert) at the London Handel Festival / Laurence Cummings; Septimius in Theodora (in concert) at the Göttingen Handel Festival / Laurence Cummingss and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Aix plus further performances of Trauernacht in Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon. He will make his début at the Theater an der Wien in L'Incoronazione di Poppea next season (2015-2016). Since 2005, he lives in London, England.

Source: Rupert Charlesworth Website (March 2015) & Facebook profile; Photos 00-01: Paul Kolien
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Iain Ledingham


Audio: BWV 31 [2013]

Marc Minkowski


V-3 (2013): BWV 232 [2nd recording]

Links to other Sites

Rupert Charlesworth - Tenor (Official Website)
Rupert Charlesworth on Facebook


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