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Praised in Opernwelt for his “marvelous timbre, consistent throughout, well focused, excellently agile voice,” Charles Reid is being recognized as one of his generation’s leading lyric tenors. He has sung on many of the most famous international stages, including nine seasons with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Theater an der Wien, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, and Glimmerglass. Upcoming events include Mr. Reid’s return to Theater an der Wien as Wolfgang Captio in Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Theater Hagen as Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen, and concert debuts with National Orchestre de Lyon, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic.
Mr. Reid’s most recent performances include debuts as Rodolfo (La Boheme), Nadir (Les pecheurs de perles), Sam (Susannah), Claudio (Das Liebesverbot) and his return to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where he covered Demetrius in Jeremy Sam's The Enchanted Island. In previous seasons, Charles earned acclaim for performances of Alfredo, Duca di Mantua, Macduff, Nemorino, Cassio, Tamino, and Don Ottavio with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf), Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stadttheater Gießen, and Theather Wintherthur. Beyond the Germanic countries, Mr. Reid has been heard as Tito under the baton of Adam Fischer in Barcelona and Madrid. Additionally, he performed the little known Mozart opera, Ascanio in Alba, in Mexico City. For his Alfredo, renowned critic Gabor Halasz writes, “Charles Reid gave a vocal and musical performance of Alfredo without any limitations or boundaries, with a shimmering tenor voice, flawless technique, extraordinary feeling for style, and very clear intonation.”
Equally at home on the concert stage, past appearances include Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Lisbon's Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Nashville Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Berkshire Choral Festival, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Mr. Reid’s growing concert repertoire now includes over 35 masterwork compositions.
Mr. Reid’s recent recordings include Haydn’s The Seasons with Amor Artis Baroque Orchestra and a DVD release of Katharina Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Bayreuther Festspiele. In addition, Charles can be heard on the Deutsche Grammaphon DVD of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba with the Salzburger Festspiele. Charles is also on Gothic Records singing the tenor solos in Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord with the Master Chorale of Washington.
In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Reid has recently been appointed Director of Vocal Studies at Andrews University where he serves as Associate Professor and Artist in Residence. He also produces the podcast, This Opera Life, available through his website and iTunes. Charles is the recipient of prestigious awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, Connecticut Opera Competition, and the Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition.