Charles Blandy (tenor) has been praised as “unfailingly, tirelessly lyrical” (BostonGlobe), “a versatile tenor with agility, endless breath, and vigorous high notes" (GoldbergEarly Music Magazine), and for his “clear, focused, gorgeous tenor voice” (Worcester Telegram and Gazette).
This season he will perform works of Bach with the American Bach Soloists; with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He appears with Boston Early Music Festival in works from Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals, and returns to BEMF in the spring, performing in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse, Vespers of 1610, and L’Orfeo. With Emmanuel Music he will sing the role of Belmonte in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.
In concert he has recently performed with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center. He has performed as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions with Emmanuel Music, as the title character of Britten’s St. Nicolas under Raymond Leppard in Indianapolis, and has sung with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Charlotte Symphony, Cantata Singers, Berkshire Choral Festival, Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He was recently heard in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby in Boston and at Tanglewood, in the Boston Early Music Festival’s Orfeo (Monteverdi). He has appeared as the title character in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante. He was Almaviva in Boston Lyric Opera’s family performances of Barber of Seville. Opera News and the Boston Globe praised his performances as Francis Flute in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream; and he appeared in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at Tanglewood and Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, with Dawn Upshaw.
A recitalist of wide repertoire, he has performed Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared at Monadnock Music (NH); an earlier performance was profiled in the Boston Globe. His evening of songs by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Szymanowski was called “one of the most engrossing concerts in ages” by The Arts Fuse. He gave recitals of modern and new American music in New York, Boston, London and Manchester UK, with Rodney Lister at the piano.
In the field of contemporary music, he returns to his alma mater Oberlin to sing in Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s cantata Comala. He premiered Rodney Lister’s chamber song cycle Friendly Fire with Collage New Music, appeared with Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts (soon to be released on CD), and is on a critically-praised Naxos CD of Scott Wheeler’s opera Construction of Boston. He gave the US premiere of Rautavaara’s song cycle Die Liebenden with Chameleon Arts Ensemble, a performance the Boston Globe called “marvelous.” On short notice he appeared in Berio’s Sinfonia under conductor Robert Spano at Tanglewood.
His studies have been at Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Grace B. Jackson prize for excellence; a Master’s Degree from Indiana University; and at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England. He is a native of Troy, NY, and graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in religion.