Charles Blandy, tenor
Charles Blandy has been praised as “unfailingly, tirelessly lyrical” (Boston Globe); “a versatile tenor with agility, endless breath, and vigorous high notes” (Goldberg Early Music Magazine).
This season he performed the Bach B minor Mass with the American Classical Orchestra (NYC) at Lincoln Center; and St. Matthew Passion the American Bach Soloists (San Francisco). He appeared with Boston Early Music Festival in works of Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse, Vespers of 1610, and L’Orfeo. With Emmanuel Music he sang the role of Belmonte in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. He is a regular in Emmanuel’s Bach ongoing cantata series; and with them he has also appeared in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; as the Evangelist in the Bach Passions; and in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Handel’s Ariodante.
In recent years he has also sung with the Portland Baroque Orchestra; the National Chorale, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Charlotte Symphony, Berkshire Choral Festival, Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque.
He is adept in contemporary music: He appeared in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar starring Dawn Upshaw; premiered Rodney Lister’s chamber song cycle Friendly Fire with Collage New Music; appeared with Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts; and is on a Naxos CD of Scott Wheeler’s Construction of Boston.
His studies have been at Tanglewood, Indiana University, and Oberlin College. He is originally from Troy NY. His website is at charlesblandy.com