After stepping in with only three days’ notice and impressing the audience by bringing a “strong presence and a powerful, supple tenor” as Emilio in the ENO production of Partenope (The Guardian) – Rupert Charlesworth returns to don the leather apron of the infamous Whitechapel Murderer as the title character in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s fourth opera Jack the Ripper. This ENO and Opera North co-production is a sympathetic exploration of womanhood in London’s East End. Rupert will be joined by some of the UK’s finest singers including Josephine Barstow, Lesley Garrett, Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly and Marie McLaughlin.
Rupert’s career has taken him throughout Europe performing on such prestigious operatic stages as La Fenice in Venice, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Festival d’Aix-en- Provence. Recent engagements include; Jupiter Semele at the (London Handel Festival) conducted by Laurence Cummings; Lysander in Robert Carson’s iconic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival d’Aix en Provence); Fairy Queen at Theater an der Wien under the baton of Christophe Rousset and directed by Mariame Clément. This autumn Rupert will perform Laertes in Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne on Tour. Concert work for this season includes; a Bernstein Gala with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano, Brockes-Passion conducted by Laurence Cummings at the Handel Festival in Gottingen. Rupert’s recordings include “Nocturnes” a selection of French songs with Edwige Herchenroder for the label ‘Outhere music’ and a disc with Café Zimmerman of never before recorded works of CPE Bach under the label ‘Alpha’.