Rupert Charlesworth read Music at King’s College London and continued his studies with Philip Doghan and Iain Ledingham 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.  In 2013 he won the 1st prize (Regina Etz prive) and the audience prize (Michael Normington prize) in the International Handel Competition.

Rupert’s career has taken him throughout Europe performing on such prestigious operatic stages as La Fenice, Venice and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera North. His roles include Damon Acis and Galatea for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Angel 3/John (cover) in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (Aix and ROH, London), Soldier Der Kaiser von Atlantis for English Touring Opera and Lysander (cover)Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North and Older Son in Trauernacht (Aix-en-Provence). Roles he sung whilst at the Royal Academy of Music include Tamino Die Zäuberflöte, Mr Rushworth in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park and Count Enrico La Vera Costanza under Trevor Pinnock.

Rupert is also in demand as oratorio soloist regularly performing works including the Bach St Matthew and St John Passions, Handel Messiah, and having worked with such conductors as Laurence Cummings, Paul Goodwin and Nicholas Kraemer.

His plans include a recital at Opera Rouen, further performances of Trauernacht through Europe and returning to the Festival d’Aix en Provence in 2015 to sing Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream.



Tamino. Die Zauberflöte, Royal Academy of Music. March 2012

…[Rupert] 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.

Peter Reed

Tamino. Die Zauberflöte, Royal Academy of Music. March 2012

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

Margaret Davies
Opera Magazine

St Matthew Passion, Taunton Choral Soc  March 2011

the outstanding contribution of the evening was by the young Rupert Charlesworth.  His phrasing, vocal ease and the sheer beauty of his voice convinced everyone I’m sure that an illustrious career lies ahead.

Wayne Bennett
Somerset County Gazette

Damon. Acis and Galatea, Aix en Provence July 2011

Damon, Rupert Charlesworth, who finds the right tone with beautiful accents to make the quiet wisdom of his admonitions, agile or meditative when necessary.

Translated from Italian
GB Opera Magazine.


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