Sunday 20 September 2020, 8pm
A Recital by Charlotte Bowden – Soprano
Kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists’ Award.
- Frauenliebe und Leben…………………………………………………….R Schuman
- Fete Galantes (En sourdine, Fantoches, & Claire de lune) C Debussy
- Selection of Brtish Folk Song Arrangements………….Benjamin Britten
Charlotte is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Rosa Mannion and Simon Lepper. She is an Huffner Scholar, an Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award holder and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Charlotte is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist having studied the role of Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn in 2018, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist, and is an alumni of the Verbier Festival Atelier Lyrique where she studied in July 2019. Charlotte was awarded Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2018 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and First Prizes in the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and the Michael Head Prize. She has performed at such venues as Cadogan Hall, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Festival and made her Wigmore Hall debut as Orfeo in Handel Parnasso in festa in March 2020.
Charlotte’s operatic repertoire includes title roles in Acis and Galatea, Semele, and Theodora. She has also appeared as Bridesmaid in Der Freischütz with Sir Mark Elder and the OAE and recently covered roles including Second Woman in ETO’s triple bill production of Dido and Aeneas/Jonas/I Will Not Speak. In November 2019 Charlotte appeared as Flaminia in Haydn Il mondo della luna for the RCM Opera Studio. In concert she has performed a wide variety of repertoire, including Mahler’s second and fourth symphonies, Beethoven’s ninth symphony, Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Rossini Petite messe solennelle and Stabat Mater, Handel Messiah, Haydn The Creation, Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B minor mass, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Tippett A Child of Our Time.
During her undergraduate Charlotte was a regular soloist in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and sang in the final concert of the Oxford Lieder Festival’s Schubert Project with Sarah Walker. She has a keen interest in new music and worked with many composers at the RAM, notably creating the role of Variable 4 in Bofan Ma’s This Is No Opera and giving the UK premiere of Songs of Ophelia by Stephen Goss. Charlotte has studied in masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Sarah Connolly, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Frittoli, Dame Ann Murray, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sumi Jo at the Wigmore Hall, Dame Felicity Lott, Sophie Danemann, Helmut Deutsch, and Roger Vignoles.
Upcoming highlights include covering Thérèse in Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias with BYO, Mozart Requiem at San Giusto Cathedral in Trieste and Handel Messiah in Budapest. She is also delighted to be joining the RCM Opera Studio in September 2020.
This event is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists’ Award.
Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for leisure-time music, with over 3,500 music groups in membership. Since its creation in 1961 its Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme (PDGYA) has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians, including those of Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Ogden. It is made possible by the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which promotes young artists and composers. www.makingmusic.org.uk/pdgya
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