Colour portrait of Charles Rice looking directly to camera wearing a blue sweater

Charles Rice


Charles Rice returned to English National Opera as Marcello in La Boheme in the 21/22 season followed by Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new Laurent Pelly production at the Opera de Lille.

Charles studied with Mark Wildman at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio.

Career Highlights

Engagements in the 20/21 season have included: Oreste Iphigenie en Tauride for the Opéra de Nantes, Rennes and Angers where he appeared last year in the title role of Thomas’ Hamlet, as well as his role debut as Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Avignon.

Other recent appearances included: Robert Cecil Gloriana Teatro Real; Oronte Médée Grand Théâtre de Genève; Simonson Ivanovich Risurrezione Wexford Festival Opera; Gabey On the Town; Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan; Eugene Onegin Angers Nantes Opéra; Figaro The Barber of Seville and Maximilian Candide The Grange Festival; Ned Keene Peter Grimes Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia; Arthur Koestler Benjamin, dernière nuit (world premiere) and Procolo Viva la Mamma Opéra de Lyon, as well as Hermann Les Contes d’Hoffmann which marked his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Current and future concerts include: Carmina Burana Liepaja Symphony Latvia, Lancelot Camelot London Palladium and Barney The Silver Tassie BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.

Past engagements have included: Escamillo Carmen Stadttheater Klagenfurt and Vorarlberger
Landestheater, Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos and Silvio Pagliacci Opéra de Toulon, Sid Albert Herring English Touring Opera, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale Mahogany Opera Group tour (Linbury Studio, Bregenz Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival), roles in Candide Opéra National de Lorraine, Ned Keene Peter Grimes Aldeburgh Festival, Bello La Fanciulla del West English National Opera, Conte Robinson Il Matrimonio Segreto Festival de Sédières, Morales Carmen Royal Albert Hall, Angelotti Tosca Grange Park Opera, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte with Jane Glover and John Cox, and the Vicar in John Copley’s first Albert Herring, both for RAO.

He covered Mr Redburn Billy Budd Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and sang the Cat in Stravinsky’s Renard Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist Programme.

He has covered Cavaliere die Ripafratta in Martinu’s Mirandolina Garsington Opera, and sung James Pirates of Penzance Buxton, Saretski Eugene Onegin Iford Arts and Falke Die Fledermaus Alternative Opera.

Concert engagements include: Carmina Burana The Philharmonia Chorus, Messiah Royal Festival Hall, Haydn The Seasons Dulwich Choral Society, Brahms Requiem Canterbury Cathedral and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Faure Requiem St Martin-in-the-Fields, Durufle Requiem Chelmsford Cathedral, Mozart Requiem Cadogan Hall, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Guildford Cathedral and Rutter’s Mass of the Children Mayfield Festival.

Last updated: 15th December 2023