Charles Johnston


With a breadth of repertoire ranging from Britten to Wagner, British baritone Charles Johnston has performed with many leading companies both in the UK and abroad. 

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Charles Johnston | Klingsor (excerpt) | Parsifal | Wagner

Charles Johnston | Forester's Aria | The Cunning Little Vixen

Described as “immaculate” and the “Jewel in the crown” (The Times) for his portrayal of Sir John Falstaff for Mid Wales Opera, Johnston’s previous role highlights include the title role in Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont & Marquis d'Obigny La Traviata, Montano Otello, Narumov The Queen of Spades, Dr Kolenaty The Makropulos Case, Nikitich Boris Godunov, The Cardinal The Duchess of Malfi, Marquis d’Obigny La Traviata, 1st SS Officer The Passenger, The Guide Death in Venice (English National Opera); The Guide Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan; La Monnaie; De Nederlandse Opera; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam); The Traveller cover Death in Venice (Teatro Real, Madrid); Mr Gedge Albert Herring, Forester The Cunning Little Vixen, Garibaldo Rodelinda, Talbot Maria Stuarda, and Scarpia Tosca (English Touring Opera); Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Marco Gianni Schicchi, Il Pedone La Wally, and Michonnet Adriana Lecouvreur (Opera Holland Park); Giorgio Germont La Traviata (Welsh National Opera); Scarpia Tosca & Germont La Traviata (RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Lyric Opera Dublin); the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Haddo House); Benoît/Alcindoro La bohème (Dorset Opera Festival); The King Eight songs for a mad King (Electrostatic Festival); and the role of the Father/Sir Lancelot in Lynne Plowman’s Gwyneth and the Green Night (Music Theatre Wales/Royal Opera House).

Further afield Charles has performed Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande (l'Opéra de Chambre de Paris); Garibaldo Rodelinda (BAM, New York); the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth (Singapore); Choregos in Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy, Roderick/Sam in Hindemith’s The long Christmas dinner, Smirnov in William Walton’s The Bear, and Blazes The Lighthouse (Les Jardins Musicaux festival, Switzerland); and Scarpia Tosca (Greece).

Charles Johnston is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
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