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Introduction

Described by the Times as “delectable”, rising young soprano Charmian Bedford has already performed widely on the concert and operatic platform from London to Beijing.

An avid exponent of new music Charmian has premiered works by Nicola LeFanu, Mira Calix, Graham Williams, Lloyd Moore and Daniel Thomas Davis.

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News

December 2013
Charmian is looking forward to the winter heat in Australia as she will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sydney and Melbourne.

June 2013
Charmian is thrilled to be making her role debut as 2nd Niece in the Britten Centenary Aldeburgh Festival production of Peter Grimes, directed by Tim Albery. Concert performances at the Snape Maltings open the Festival in June followed by staged shows on Aldeburgh beach. 7th June concert will be live broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

April 2013
Charmian will make her Barbican debut performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony, conducted by Steuart Bedford.

January 2013
Upcoming release of Lontano’s Daniel Thomas Davis disc featuring Charmian singing Daniel’s new song-cycle based on the Sappho fragment phainetai moiFollow Her Voice, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

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Reviews

Charmian Bedford with easy, pure, beautiful tones that rose to radiance…was more moving than ever.
Times Literary Supplement

This is a lovely, bell-like voice perfectly able to negotiate the coloratura passages and with a characterful smokiness in the lower register.
Opera Britannia

Charmian Bedford was particularly lovely: disarmingly candid in her expression, with a beautifully controlled voice that is just the right amount of grainy and able to crack and whisper for added pathos.
Opera magazine

Charmian Bedford… reinforced my appreciation of her clear-toned, expressive soprano in Anne Trulove’s solos; ‘I go to him’ had real impact, as did her scene with Baba…
Opera magazine

Charmian Bedford, her clear, penetrating soprano projecting strongly… brought dramatic conviction to the ups and downs of Blanche’s progress from timid novice to serene martyr – the scene with her brother had a special intensity…
Opera magazine