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Streetwise Opera | Fables – A Film Opera

Charmian was thrilled to be involved in Streetwise Opera’s December 2010 project Fables – A Film Opera. The performances, co-produced with Spitalifields Music, featured recorded film and live singing, created by some of the UK’s leading composers and filmmakers. Charmian sang in the fable The Boy who cried ‘Wolf’ by Mira Calix. The rest of the cast was made up entirely by people who have experienced homelessness. Charmian returns to Streetwise Opera for a one off performance at the BFI, London on 24th March 2011.
“A glorious avant-garde show that was as musically interesting as it was spiritually stirring”  EVENING STANDARD


Academy of Ancient Music | Bach Dynasty

Charmian has been working with the AAM and Richard Egarr since 2007. Most recently, she has been involved in a series of concerts, performing the music of Bach’s ancestors. In September 2010, she gave performances at West Road, Cambridge and Wigmore Hall of works by Bach’s ancestors, including JC & JM Bach and Heinrich, as well as an anonymous Cantata in Swedish – “Standing out was soprano Charmian Bedford, who sang the oddity of the programme, an anonymous setting of “Es ist g’nug”, with a splendidly oaky voice”  THE ARTS DESK


Festival Maribor 2010 | Mozart Requiem

Charmian participated in the Maribor Festival, Slovenia – 3-11 September 2010.

She performed the Mozart Requiem with the Festival’s Artistic Director and Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, as well as concerts with the Choir of London.
Requiem – 12th September 2010 8.00pm at Maribor Cathedral

tete a teteTête à Tête | The Opera Festival

In July and August 2010, Charmian appeared with Tête à Tête, performing four newly commissioned one-act operas by Julian Grant, Dominique Le Gendre, Robert Fokkens and Stephen Crowe, in unconventional spaces – from Bishops Park to the Café Plum, opposite Riverside Studios. Directed by Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Tim Murray.

Tête à Tête – Lite Bites 2010


Garsington Opera | Britten and Rossini

Charmian understudied Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Garsington Opera in June 2010, conducted by her father Steuart Bedford and Directed by Daniel Slater. She was also a member of the ensemble in Rossini’s Armida, directed by Martin Duncan, conducted by David Parry.
She worked on Garsingon’s education project with Karen Gillingham, where she participated in workshops based on Dream, culminating in a devised piece by the children themselves.

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Opera North | Resonance

In June 2010, Charmian was delighted to work with Mira Calix on her newly commissioned songs for voice, ‘cello, live sampling and piano for Opera North’s project Resonance. Set to poems by Alice Oswald, these new songs will hopefully form the basis of a new Song Cycle written for Charmian by Mira.

The programme also included new works by Emily Hall & Toby Litt and Larry Goves & Matthew Welton


Mahogany Opera | Inferno

Mahogany Opera and Aurora Orchestra joined forces to present a semi-staged performance of Berio’s Laborintus II at LSO St Luke’s. It is a work for singers, tape, narrator and ensemble as part of Mahogany’s Towards A New Movement project. The project began in November 2009 with a two week workshop for both singers and dancers with director Frederic Wake-Walker.

Charmian sang and danced Voce 1 in March 2010

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La bohème | Cock Tavern, Kilburn

In a new translation set in contemporary Kilburn, by the Director Robin Norton-Hale, Charmian played Mimì in the first performances of this critically acclaimed production. It is now the longest running opera on the West End and Olivier Award winner for best new opera production.
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, January 2010