© Franz Markus Siegert
© Franz Markus Siegert

Charles Workman

– World management –

Charles Workman was born in Arkansas and is a graduate of the Juilliard School. 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 20th Century and contemporary opera. 


Following early debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and other American opera houses, Workman moved to Europe in 1995 where he has performed to great success with its leading opera companies and orchestras, including the Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, London Royal Opera Covent Garden, Milan La Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Moscow Bolshoi, Madrid Teatro Real, Barcelona Liceu, Berlin Staatsoper, Venice La Fenice, and the opera houses of Geneva, Zurich, Lyon, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg, Rome, Prague, and Warsaw.


Recent performances include Hoffegut in Braunfel’s Die Vögel (Bayerische Staatsoper), Alwa in Lulu (Staatsoper Hamburg, Vienna Staatsoper), Idomeneo (Teatro dell’Opera Roma), Tammu in Widmann’s Babylon (Staatsoper Berlin), Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos (Vienna Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsoper), Paul in Die Tote Stadt (Staatsoper Hamburg), Skuratov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead (Bayerische Staatsoper), Edmund in Reimann’s Lear (Salzburg Festival), Nobile in the world and UK premieres of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival and Royal Opera Covent Garden), Der Tambourmajor in Wozzeck (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case (San Francisco Opera), the title role of La damnation de Faust and Alviano in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (both for Opéra de Lyon), and Laca Klemeň in Jenůfa (La Monnaie Brussels).


Upcoming engagements include Malatestino dall’Occhio in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Tammu in Widmann’s Babylon (Staatsoper Berlin), the title role of La Clemenza di Tito (Salzburg Whitsun Festival) and Tempo in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals).

January 2021 – For the most recent biography please contact Annette Kroll