Charles Workman was born in Arkansas and is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. He is a versatile artist whose early career saw him in the forefront of Rossini and Mozart tenors and who has more recently garnered praise for his performances in dramatic and Heldentenor roles as well as operas of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Following early debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and other American houses, Charles Workman moved to Europe in 1995. Here he has appeared to great acclaim with its leading opera companies and orchestras, including the Salzburg Festival, the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala, Milan, the Vienna and Berlin State Operas, the Moscow Bolshoi, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the opera houses in Geneva, Zurich, Lyon, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg, Rome, Prague and Warsaw.
Recent highlights have included Hoffegut in Braunfels’s Die Vögel and Skuratov in From the House of the Dead at the Bavarian State Opera, Alwa (Lulu) at the Hamburg and Vienna State Operas, Idomeneo at the Rome Opera, Tammu in Jörg Widmann’s Babylon at the Berlin State Opera, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas, Paul (Die tote Stadt) at the Hamburg State Opera, Edmund in Aribert Reimann’s Lear at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, Edmundo de Nobile in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel at the 2016 Salzburg Festival and subsequently at Covent Garden, the Drum Major (Wozzeck) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Albert Gregor (The Makropulos Case) at the San Francisco Opera, Faust (La Damnation de Faust) and Alviano (Die Gezeichneten) at the Opéra de Lyon and Laca (Jenůfa) at La Monnaie in Brussels.
Charles Workman’s engagements in 2020/21 include not only his Salzburg appearances in the title role of La clemenza di Tito at the Whitsun Festival and as Tempo (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno) at both the Whitsun and Summer Festivals but also Malatestino dall’Occhio in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Tammu in a revival of Babylon at the Berlin State Opera.