Charles Johnston

BARITONE

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

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Johnston made his English National Opera début in 1992 in David Freeman’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Over the last two decades he has performed with many leading companies both in the UK and abroad, most recent engagements include Scarpia Tosca & Germont La Traviata (RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Lyric Opera Dublin & in Greece); Roderick/Sam in Hindemith’s The long Christmas dinner (Les Jardins Musicaux festival, Switzerland); and Benoît/Alcindoro La bohème (Dorset Opera Festival).

Described as “immaculate” and the “Jewel in the crown” by 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); the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Haddo House); 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 and Il Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (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, and Smirnov in William Walton’s The Bear at (Les Jardins Musicaux festival, Switzerland). Johnston has also portrayed many of the leading baritone roles of Benjamin Britten including Balstrode and Ned Keene Peter Grimes, Demetrius and Theseus A Midsummer Night Dream, Mr Noye Noye’s Fludde, Ananias The Burning Fiery Furnace, and the Father The Prodigal Son.

In the 2018/19 season he returns to English national Opera, and Opera North.

Charles Johnston is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
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