Opéra de Baugé | A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In its seventh season in July 2009 Charmian made her French Operatic debut as Tytania opposite Richard Scott as Oberon (pictured) for Opéra de Baugé’s new production of Britten’s Shakespeare setting.
The performances are held in the gardens of Les Capucins, a private house and former convent near the Loire town of Baugé, France.
Conducted by Philip Hesketh
Directed and Produced by Bernadette Grimmett
Recital | Musique Cordiale, Provence
In July 2009, Charmian performed operatic duets with Andrew Staples (tenor) and Graham Ross (piano) for Musique Cordiale, a thriving music festival set against the Provençal hills in the first two weeks in August every year. The programme included works by Mozart, Puccini, Debussy and Bernstein.
Aurora Orchestra | Mahler Symphony No. 4
Charmian joined Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Schwarz in July 2009 for the Deal Music Festival in a performance of Mahler’s 4th Symphony in its Chamber version arranged by Erwin Stein.
La bohéme | Palestine
In June 2009, Charmian sang the rôle of Mimì in the Choir of London’s production of Puccini’s La bohème in conjunction with the Palestine Music Festival. Directed by Poppy Burton Morgan and Conducted by Nicholas Collon. There were sold-out performances in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus.
“It featured some brilliant young singers. Andrew Staples and Charmian Bedford were outstanding as Puccini’s ill-fated lovers.”
Tom Service, Guardian
Dido and Aeneas | Libya, China, Cyprus
In October 2008, Charmian took park in the Academy of Ancient Music’s global tour of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, as Second Woman. The performance in the 1800 year old Roman amphitheatre at Sabratha was the first performance allowed by Colonel Gaddafi at an ancient site ever. There were performances in the Beijing Music festival, Nicosia in Cyprus and in the UK; Cambridge and London’s Wigmore Hall.