CHARLES HUMPHRIES Counter tenor
"...singers on Humphries level can do something extraordinary with the sound, it mixes with and stands out through the orchestral sound in a very special way both etheral and in it's smooth, pure beauty."
Charles Humphries’ vocal career began in the United Kingdom as a 7year old chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and since those days music has taken him to all parts of the globe. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, he was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. Known for his intelligent interpretations of baroque and renaissance music he has been one of the most sought-after countertenors worldwide for the past thirty years.
Throughout that time his career has paired him with numerous distinguished conductors and directors and as a soloist he has collaborated with the likes of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Harry Christophers and Scott Allen Jarrett. As a consort singer and soloist he has made over fifty recordings and his solo album of Bach Cantatas by JS Bach continues to create much attention on the Claudio label with Naxos worldwide distribution. Specialising in the music primarily of Bach and Handel, he was a major contributor to the Bach cantata pilgrimage with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
His Operatic appearances have taken him as far afield as Germany, England, Lithuania, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Greece and roles sung have included Ptolomeo, (Handel- Giulio Cesare), Delfa, (Cavalli - Giasone), Pompeo, (Cavalli -Pompeo Magno), Lichas (Handel - Hercules), Lucio Silla (Handel- Lucio Silla), Tamerlano (Handel- Tamerlano), The Sorceress (Purcell- Dido and Aeneas), Hamor (Handel- Jephtha), to name but a few.
Residing in the USA his career continues to flourish and he has performed with groups such as Washington Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia, Washington Cathedral Choral Society, Opera Lafayette. Bach Collegium San Diego, Pacific Bach Project, Berkeley early music festival, Ensemble xiii, St Thomas 5th Avenue, BachAkademie Charlotte, North Carolina Baroque and Handel and Haydn. Future performances include further collaborations in Virginia, New Mexico, San Francisco, Charlotte and Boston.
Humphries is in high demand as a vocal coach, teacher and mentor nationwide and runs a private voice studio. As well as his solo career he is Director of Music at Ware Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Virginia.