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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, and the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, and Glimmerglass. Upcoming events include Mr. Reid’s debut with the Radio Symphonie Orchester Vienna, singing the Prince of Florence in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie under the baton of Maestro Bertrand de Billy, and Charles’ return to the MET roster where he is responsible for Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

 Mr. Reid’s most recent performances include the roles 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, recent debuts include Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society singing Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of John Nelson, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Adding three new works to his repertoire, Charles Reid performed Mendelssohn’s Elias, Paulus, and ‘Lobgesang’ in 2009. Highlights of past seasons include performances with the 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.

 Mr. Reid 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.