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Charles Workman



American tenor Charles Workman made his Royal Opera debut 2002 as Prunier (La rondine) and has since returned to sing Acis (Acis and Galatea) and Edmundo de Nobile (The Exterminating Angel), a role he created. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Ägisth (Elektra).

Workman was born in Arkansas and studied at the Juilliard School. Selected opera engagements include Skuratov (From the House of the Dead), Tenor/Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and the title role in Palestrina for Bavarian State Opera, Alwa (Lulu), Laca Klemen (Jenufa) and Tito (La clemenza di Tito) for La Monnaie, Brussels, Alwa for Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Rome Opera, Tenor/Bacchus for Vienna State Opera, Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) and Tito for Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, Alviano (Die Gezeichneten) and Faust (La Damnation de Faust) for Opéra de Lyon, Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice) for Bregenz Festival and Teatr Wielki, the title role in Marco Polo for Dutch National Opera, Flamand (Capriccio) and the title role of Der Zwerg for Paris Opéra, Boris (Kát’a Kabanová) and Idomeneo for Rome Opera, Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for Opera Vlaanderen and in Luxembourg, Paul (Die tote Stadt) for Hamburg State Opera, Finn/Bayan (Ruslan and Lyudmila) for the Bolshoi Theatre and Edmund (Reimann’s Lear) and Nobile for Salzburg Festival.

Along with Edmundo de Nobile, Workman created the role of Musician in Sciarrino’s Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo for La Scala, Milan, and Berlin State Opera, and sang Tammu in the Berlin State Opera premiere of Widmann’s Babylon. He performs in concert with Europe’s leading orchestras in a wide repertory, and has recorded prolifically.