Charles Blandy, tenor
Charles Blandy has been praised as “a versatile tenor with agility, endless breath, and vigorous high notes” (Goldberg Early Music Magazine), and “breathtaking” and “unfailingly, tirelessly lyrical” by the Boston Globe.
In recent performances, he sang the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with Emmanuel Music. He regularly appears in their ongoing Bach Cantata series. He appeared with Music of the Baroque (Chicago) in Mozart’s “Great” C minor Mass; with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in Bach’s B minor Mass; and with Orchestra Iowa, again in the B minor Mass.
In recent years he has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists. With Emmanuel Music he has also appeared in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; and in leading roles in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and Magic Flute, and Handel’s Ariodante. He has appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Exsultemus, and the Charlotte Symphony.
In the field of contemporary music, this season he sang Ronald Perera’s Cycle Crossing the Meridian with Boston Musica Viva. He premiered Rodney Lister’s chamber song cycle Friendly Fire, appeared in Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s Comala, and gave the US premiere of Rautavaara’s cycle to poems of Rilke, Die Liebenden.
His studies have been at Tanglewood, Indiana University, and Oberlin College. He is originally from Troy, NY. His website is www.charlesblandy.com