Charmian is a graduate from Clare College, Cambridge, where she read Classics. She gained a distinction on the advanced postgraduate diploma in vocal performance at Trinity College of Music where she studied with Alison Wells, supported by a scholarship. Whilst at TCM, Charmian was a finalist in both the Lillian Ash French Song Competition and the Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Prize and received the Paul Simm Opera Prize two years running for her portrayal of Blanche (Les Dialogues des Carmélites) and again for Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress).
Her operatic roles include Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for both Opéra de Baugé and Garsington Opera (cover), Rowan (Little Sweep) for Jubilee Opera in Aldeburgh, Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for Silent Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) for Bury Court Opera (cover), Catarina in Nicola LeFanu’s new Chamber Opera Dream Hunter at Wiltons Music Hall, Musetta for Go Opera, 1st Attendant in John Harbison’s opera A Full Moon in March and 2nd niece (Peter Grimes) for the Aldeburgh Festival.
An avid contemporary performer, Charmian made her Opera North debut in 2010 in a new piece by Mira Calix as part of their Resonance project and went on to work with the composer again on Streetwise Opera’s recent Fables – A Film Opera at the Spitalfields Music Festival. She has worked with Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival performing four newly-commissioned single act operas, and has premiered song cycles by Lloyd Moore and Graham Williams at The Royal Academy of Music and orchestral cycles by Daniel Thomas Davis and Peter Child in Lontano’s 2012 Festival of Contemporary American Music. She has since recorded the Daniel Thomas Davis with Lontano and Odaline de la Martinez.
Concert performances have included 2nd Woman in Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Wigmore Hall, subsequently touring to North Africa and China, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Aurora Orchestra for the Deal Music Festival, Israel in Egypt with the Monteverdi Choir, Berio’s Laborintus II with Aurora and Mahogany Opera at LSO St Luke’s, Mozart’s Requiem for the Maribor Festival in Slovenia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti, Bach’s St John Passion for Siellans Music Festival, Bach’s Magnificat for BBC Radio 3 with the Academy of Ancient Music, concerts of Bach’s Cantatas and a programme of Lully also with AAM at Wigmore Hall and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus at St Sulpice, Paris, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Usher Hall, Edinburgh all with AAM.