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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Charmian is looking forward to the winter heat in Australia as she will be performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sydney and Melbourne.
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.
Charmian will make her Barbican debut performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony, conducted by Steuart Bedford.
Upcoming release of Lontano’s Daniel Thomas Davis disc featuring Charmian singing Daniel’s new song-cycle based on the Sappho fragment phainetai moi – Follow Her Voice, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
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.
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.
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…
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…