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Charlotte Richardson

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Eva
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Fulham Opera
2019
La Contessa
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2019
Une dame élégante
Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc)
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2019
Bessie Throckmorton
Merrie England (Edward German)
Sandbach Choral Society
2019
Susanna
Sancta Susanna (Hindemith)
Piggots Music Camp
2018
Gertrud
Hansel & Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck)
Royal Northern College of Music
2018
Eva
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Fulham Opera
2018
Elettra
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Royal Northern College of Music
2018
Noemie
Cendrillon (Jules Massenet)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Alice Ford
Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
La Baronne de Gondremarck
La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Royal Northern College of Music
2016
Lucia
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Winslow Hall Opera
2015
Helena
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Benjamin Britten)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2015
Ariane
Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Dukas)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2015
Donna Anna
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Holbourne Opera
2014
Vitellia
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2014
Euridice
Orphee et Eurydice (Gluck)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2014
Miss Jessel
Turn of the Screw (Benjamin Britten)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2013

Contemporary Opera

Isle Weber
Theresienstadt (Isle Weber & Collaborative Composition)
Blackheath Halls
2015
Felicitas
Perpetua (Nick Bicat)
Cantata Dramatica
2014
Gretel​
Breadcrumbs (Caitlin Rowley)
Těte a Těte Opera Festival, King’s Place
2014
The Maid
GALA (Ergo Phizmiz)
Těte a Těte Opera Festival, King’s Place
2013
Soloist
King Harald's Saga (Judith Weir)
Puppet Centre Symposium, Barbican
2013
Narrator
It Makes No Difference (Simone Spagnolo)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2013
Maria Bertram / Rushworth
Mansfield Park (Jonathan Dove)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2013

Art Song

Soloist
Harmonie du soir (Mark-Anthony Turnage)
Wigmore Hall
2018
Soloist
Fruit Basket (Farkas)
Budafest, Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Soloist
Lieder (Franz Liszt)
Day of Song, Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Soloist
Scottish Songs (Beethoven)
Greater Manchester Police Band, Pops in the Park
2017
Soloist
100 years of Russia in Song Concert (Shostakovich Songs)
The Stoller Hall
2017
Soloist
Harmonie du soir (Mark-Anthony Turnage)
Royal Northern College of Music
2017
Soloist
Art Song (Faure)
Song In the City, St. Botolph without Bishopsgate
2015

Oratorio/Concerts

1st Soprano Soloist
Theresienmesse (Haydn)
The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir
2019
1st Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir
2019
1st Soprano Soloist
St. John Passion (Chilcott)
Sandbach Choral Society
2019
1st Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Gravesham Choral Society
2019
1st Soprano -soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead
2018
1st Soprano -soloist
Eternal Light: A Requiem (Howard Goodall)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2018
1st Soprano -soloist
The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace (Karl Jenkins)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2018
1st Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Verdi)
Gravesham Choral Society, Rochester Cathedral
2018
1st Soprano, Soloist
St. John Passion (Bob Chilcott)
Cobham Choral Society (Kent)
2018
1st Soprano -soloist
Requiem (Bob Chilcott)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Sandbach Choral Society
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
A Sea Symphony (Vaughan-Williams)
Tatton Singers
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
St. John Passion (Bach)
Cobham Choral Society (Kent)
2017
2nd Soprano -soloist
Great Mass in C Minor (Mozart)
Bristol Choral Society
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
9th Symphony (Beethoven)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvorak)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
The Seasons (Haydn)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Great Mass in C Minor (Mozart)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
2nd Soprano -soloist
Great Mass in C Minor (Mozart)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Stabat Mater (Rossini)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Requiem (Verdi)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Gloria (Antonio Vivaldi)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2017
1st Soprano -soloist
Requiem (Faure)
Blossom Street Note Perfect
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Choir of St Pancras Church
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
St. John Passion (Bach)
Keele Bach Choir
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
Song of Thanksgiving (Maunder)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
The Sprig of Time (John Rutter)
Sandbach Choral Society
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
The Daughter of Jairus (Stainer)
Congleton Choral Society, Congleton Town Hall
2016
1st Soprano -soloist
Petite messe solennelle (Rossini)
Corsley Festival Chorus
2015
1st Soprano -soloist
Harmoniemesse (Haydn)
London Full Gospel Church Choir
2014
2nd Soprano -soloist
B Minor Mass (Bach)
Illumina, St Peter’s College Oxford
2013

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Competitions

Dame Eva Turner Prize (for potential dramatic sopranos) (RNCM) (2017)

Opera Course
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2018–2020
Advanced PGdip
Royal Northern College of Music
2016–2018
MMus
Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music And Dance
2013–2015

​Charlotte is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nicholas Powell, generously supported by the Riga Heesom Award.  She has recently successfully auditioned to become part of the extra chorus of Opera North (2017-2020) and has also recently won the RNCM's 2017 Dame Eva Turner Prize 'for potential dramatic sopranos'.  She is also a member of the RNCM Songsters, the college's elite 'song squad'.  She will make her Wigmore Hall debut in 2018, singing Mark-Anthony Turnage's Harmonie du soir, having worked with the composer for a concert performance of the work in November 2017 as part of the New Music North West festival. 

Previously, Charlotte studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, learning with head of department Dr Linda Hirst.  Whilst at Trinity she was awarded the Helen Roll (2013-14) and Eva Malpass (2014-15) postgraduate scholarships and was highly commended in the North London Rosenbatt Prize.  In her final year she won a place on the English National Opera’s Mentor Scheme.

Before specialising in opera, Charlotte toured worldwide as a soloist with Irish national choir Anúna (of Riverdance fame), making innumerable trips to Europe, the Americas and Asia.  As part of the group, she recorded six albums and three DVDs, including the famous soprano solos of Allegri’s Miserere, arranged by Anúna’s director Michael McGlynn. 

Charlotte has a degree in musicology from King’s College London, where she held a choral scholarship in the prestigious King's College London Chapel Choir (directed by David Trendell) and was choral music librarian for two years.  She previously held a Guinness Choral Scholarship to Christchurch Cathedral Dublin in her gap year.  During her undergraduate she performed for two extended seasons at the National Theatre in their highly acclaimed production of Coram Boy and for the English National Opera Baylis as a chamber soloist.  Charlotte also won the King's College London Advanced Performance Studies Prize and attended the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Dr Nicholas Clapton.  She has also studied acting part-time on a full scholarship (her scholarship is now called the Kevin Spacey Foundation Scholarship) to the London School of Film Media and Performance, where she won the Silver Medal award.

Charlotte has performed in a wide variety of opera productions, including as one of the ragazzi soloists in the Royal Opera House’s acclaimed performances of Donizetti’s Linda Di Chamounix, recorded and released by Opera Rara.  Other roles include the mother in Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel (RNCM), Noémie (ugly step sister) in Massenet's Cendrillon (RNCM), La Baronne de Gondremarck in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne (RNCM), Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Trinity Laban), understudying the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Winslow Hall), Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Holbourne Opera), Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Trinity Laban), Maria Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (Hampstead Garden Opera), both Filicitas and Dincocrates in Nick Bicat’s staged oratorio Perpetua (Cantata Dramatica) and Gaspara Stampa in Caroline Heslop’s chamber opera Stratiami Amor (Blackheath Halls).  

In demand as an oratorio soloist, Charlotte's recent highlights include Mozart’s C Minor Mass (Bristol Choral Society), Haydn's Nelson Mass (Royal Northern Sinfonia), Handel’s Messiah (Sandbach Choral Society), Bach’s St John Passion (Cobham Choral Society) and Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony (Tatton Singers). Upcoming engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with Gravesham Choral Society in Rochester Cathedral.

Other recent performance venues include The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Hayward Gallery, the Barbican, the Cadogan Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, The National Gallery and The Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.  She enjoys frequent travels abroad, including thrice being awarded scholarships to study at the Esztergom Liszt Festival in Hungary as well as touring Europe with the Philharmonia Chorus and the Blossom Street Singers.

Contemporary opera is one of Charlotte’s main focuses, combined with a strong interest in physical theatre, puppetry and movement.  She has recently worked on two large multi-disciplinary projects: an Arts Council funded opera exploration with The Puppet Centre and Central School of Speech and Drama as part of their Puppetry in Opera symposium and a ‘Singing Through Puppets’ workshop series for a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with chamber ensemble Chroma.  

Composers she has recently worked with include Mark-Anthony Turnage (whose work she will make her Wigmore Hall debut with in May 2018), Jonathan Dove (for whom she sung the London premier of Mansfield Park), Stephen McNeff (for whom she has worked several times workshopping new material) and Simone Spagnolo.  She is currently studying works by Judith Weir, Ned Rorem and Harrison Birtwistle.  Following the success of her performance of Caitlin Rowley’s solo opera Breadcrumbs at the Tête-à-Tête Festival (King’s Place) in summer 2014 (in the presence of Jane Manning who helped develop the work), Charlotte and Caitlin are currently devising an extension of the work for future performance.

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