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. Rupert 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’s opera roles include Damon Acis and Galatea and Younger Son in Trauernacht – Katie Mitchell’s staging of Bach cantatas – for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Soldier Der Kaiser von Atlantis for English Touring Opera and Hermit Wakening Shadow – Luke Styles’ realisation of Britten canticles – for the Glyndebourne Jerwood Programme under Vladimir Jurowki. In concert he has appeared as Narrator 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 La Vera Costanza under Trevor Pinnock.

Rupert is also in demand as an oratorio soloist with recent engagements including Bach B Minor Mass with Les Musiciens du Louvre / Marc Minkowski, Messiah with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra / Nicholas Kraemer, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Café Zimmermann / Celine Frisch and the St Matthew Passion (tenor arias) with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra /Paul Goodwin.

His recent and forthcoming engagements include a recital disc of English and French repertoire with Edwige Herchenroder; Haydn Harmoniemesse with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Tonu Kaljuste; the première of Joanna Lee’s The Way Back Home for English National Opera; Evangelist St Matthew Passion with Capella Amsterdam / Daniel Reuss, Jupiter Semele (in concert) at the London Handel Festival / Cummings; Septimius Theodora (in concert) at the Göttingen Handel Festival /Cummings and Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Aix plus further performances of Trauernacht in Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon. Rupert will make his début at the Theater an der Wien in L’Incoronazione di Poppea next season.

March 2015.



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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.


Messiah - G.F.Handel

December 3, 2015

St George's, Bloomsbury, London

Cond. Simon William
London Handel Orchestra
St George's Choir



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