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.

The 2018/19 season sees Rupert in 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.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include the role of Laertes in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne Touring; Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Tel Aviv Opera, English National Opera, and Theater an der Wien; Handel’s Messiah with La Cetra ensemble under Andrea Marcon; and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Further recent engagements include his Covent Garden debut as Marzio in Mitridate; performing Emilio in Partenope at English National Opera; the release and European tour of a disc of never before recorded works of CPE Bach with Café Zimmermann; a festival d’Aix en Provence production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Beijing Music Festival; Fairy Queen at Theater an der Wien; George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Bolshoi Theatre; the Funeral Director in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Brockes Passion at the Handel Festival in Gottingen and a recital at the Philharmonie de Paris with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

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Recent News

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

More Reviews

“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