Charlotte Bowden

Award: Fleming Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice - Soprano

Location: Royal College of Music


Charlotte is a young London based soprano who recently completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Jennifer Dakin and Jonathan Papp and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Recent solo engagements have included Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Requiem, Haydn The Creation, Bach B minor mass, St John Passion, Magnificat, and Cantata 51, Vivaldi Nulla in Mundo Pax, Handel Messiah and Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day, Rossini Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Sollenelle, and Mahler Symphony No. 4.

Operatic roles include the title role in Acis and Galatea, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Venus Venus and Adonis, Ariel The Tempest, and Cupid and She King Arthur. She has also performed as Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Aldeburgh and recently sang the role of Bridesmaid in Der Freischütz with Sir Mark Elder and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall. Charlotte also has a keen interest in new music, she created the role of Variable 4 in Bofan Ma's chamber opera This Is No Opera and recently gave the UK premiere of Stephen Goss' Songs of Ophelia for soprano and guitar.

Whilst studying Charlotte was a regular soloist in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. She sang in the final concert of the Oxford Lieder Festival's Schubert Project with Sarah Walker and was recently awarded First Prize in both the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and the Michael Head Prize at the RAM.

She has performed in public masterclasses with Dame Felicity Lott and Sophie Daneman for the London Song Festival, in the Royal Academy of Music Sterndale Bennett masterclass with Anne Howells, with Dame Emma Kirkby for the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and with Chen Reiss at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Charlotte is a 2018 Britten-Pears Young Artist having studied the title role in Handel Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn in March.

Future engagements include the title role in Handel Semele at Wimpole Hall, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Brahms Requiem, and Handel Messiah as well as a series of Baroque recitals in December. Charlotte will be continuing her studies on the Masters of Performance Course at the Royal College of Music in September 2018, learning with Rosa Mannion. She is very grateful to be supported by the RCM and by Help Musicians UK as an Ian Fleming Award Holder.