Rupert Charlesworth

Tenor

Biography

Rupert, who is praised for his ‘stunning technique and musicality’ (Planet Hugill), enjoys a busy career at the opera theatre and on stage.

For 2019/20 season, Rupert joins the ensemble of the Staatsoper in which he will perform; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; Narraboth in Salome; Oronte in Alcina; Yannakos in A Greek Passion and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. In concert Rupert will perform Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with Noord Nederlands Orkest; Messiah with La Cetra Barockorchester and Brett Dean’s Hamlet at Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include; the role of Nikolaus Sprink in the UK premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night at Opera North; Tamino in The Magic Flute at English National Opera; performances of Miranda with Opéra Comique, Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and Le Concert Spirituel; and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with North London Chorus.

Rupert’s operatic roles include; Laertes in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne Touring; Marzio in Mitridate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Emilio in Partenope, Tanzmeister Ariadne auf Naxos, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Damon in Acis and Galatea both for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Lucano and Soldier 1 in L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Theater an der Wien; First Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte at ENO. In concert he has appeared as Narrator in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica, Porto, under Laurence Cummings, as well as Third Angel and John in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra. College roles included Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Count Enrico in La Vera Costanza under Trevor Pinnock.

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Rupert Charlesworth Earns Raves as Tamino in ENO’s Magic Flute

Tenor Rupert Charlesworth has earned rave reviews in English National Opera’s production of Magic Flute. Mark Berry, in Seen and Heard International, writes, “Rupert Charlesworth stood out in the role of Tamino where he was described by critics as “an excellent...

Reviews

“Rupert Charlesworth, stepping in at late notice, is unfazed and impressive, even when required to deliver an aria while hanging out of a toilet window.”

Richard Morrison

The Times

“Rupert Charlesworth … absolutely dazzles with a firm, full voice offering impressive agility and footwork to match.”

David Nice

theartsdesk.com

“The biggest break comes for tenor Rupert Charlesworth, a late stand-in for the indisposed Robert Murray. Emilio is his first major role here, and he brings to the lurking photographer strong presence and a powerful, supple tenor, perhaps not infallibly sweet-sounding but as agile and secure as his music demands.”

Erica Jeal

The Guardian

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“Rupert Charlesworth was splendid as the grief-ridden Laertes.”

Mark Pullinger, bachtrack,  22 October 2017

“The lucky hazelnut-in-caramel is the Roman leader Marzio, in which role tenor Rupert Charlesworth is a late stand-in, as he was in ENO’s Partenope last autumn. Once again he steals his scenes.”

Erica Jeal Guardian Jun 28 2017

“Rupert Charlesworth, stepping in at late notice, is unfazed and impressive, even when required to deliver an aria while hanging out of a toilet window.”

Richard Morrison The Times Mar 16 2017

“The biggest break comes for tenor Rupert Charlesworth, a late stand-in for the indisposed Robert Murray. Emilio is his first major role here, and he brings to the lurking photographer strong presence and a powerful, supple tenor, perhaps not infallibly sweet-sounding but as agile and secure as his music demands.”

Erica Jeal Guardian Mar 16 2017

“Rupert Charlesworth … absolutely dazzles with a firm, full voice offering impressive agility and footwork to match.”

David Nice theartsdesk.com Mar 16 2017

“Rupert Charlesworth … relishes each moment in the limelight as Emilio and sings up a storm,”

Marc Valencia What’s On Stage Mar 16 2017

“Stunning technique and musicality from Rupert Charlesworth. Rupert Charlesworth gave us some very fine Handel singing indeed, he has an enviably strong technique combined with the ability to use it to highly musical and dramatic purposes, plus a very strong and attractive stage presence “

Planet Hugill 

“Rupert Charlesworth brought a controlled tenor to Tamino’s ‘Dies Bildnis’ and displayed a sweet-toned mezza voce. “

Opera 

“…[Rupert Charlesworth] sang beautifully, a tenor with an attractive hint of baritone weight and a graceful higher register – he made his mark with a seraphic ‘Dies Bildnis’ and just got better. “

www.classicalsource.com 

“And strongly acted supporting performances came from Rupert Charlesworth as the Soldier. “

MusicalCriticism.com 

“All outstanding … and tenor Rupert Charlesworth very beautiful timbres are heard, elegant, perfectly placed in this dark register, shaded by long silences, but with restrained force. “

La Marseillaise 

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