Charlotte Forfar

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Charlotte Forfar grew up in Dwygyfylchi, a small village on the outskirts of Conwy, North Wales and began singing at the age of 7 under the guidance of Welsh mezzo soprano Sian Wyn Gibson. Charlotte’s love for performing began at a local musical theatre group, Llandudno Youth Music Theatre, and she has performed regularly at various venues across North Wales.

Her first experience of performing in an opera was in a school production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. It was at this point she set her mind to classical singing. Charlotte continued studying with Sian Wyn Gibson through secondary school and gained a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama studying under Scottish soprano, Lorna Anderson. In 2019 she graduated with a first-class honours degree and In 2020 Charlotte with a postgraduate certificate in Music Performance with distinction. Charlotte is delighted to be joining the prestigious David Seligman Opera School in September 2020.

Charlotte has performed in various college productions including chorus in The Magic Flute, Fiametta in The Gondoliers and covered the role of Harry in Albert Herring. In Charlotte’s final year of her undergraduate degree she made her debut with Welsh National Opera performing in the chorus and covering the role of First Mother in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
During her time at the Royal Welsh College she has been lucky to work with well renowned performers such as Rebecca Evans, Kathryn Harries and Joseph Middleton. In 2020 she performed alongside tenor Nicky Spence and pianist Simon Lepper in a performance of Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared.

Outside of college Charlotte has a passion for outreach and making music more accessible for members of the community. She has been involved in projects with the BBC and the Welsh National Opera working with primary school children as well as asylum seekers in Cardiff.

In 2017 Charlotte performed in the chorus of Tosca at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod with Sir Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais and Kristian Benedikt. She was delighted to return to this production in 2018 at the Abu Dhabi music festival again with Sir Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo.

As well as a passion for opera Charlotte enjoys giving recitals and has performed in the lunchtime concert series at All Saints church in Penarth as well as performing regularly at the Conwy Classical Music Festival. In 2019 Charlotte was a semi-finalist in the Somerset Song Prize and has a particular passion for German Lieder.

In 2018 Charlotte premiered a work written by Edward-Rhys Harry, Spring Offensive as well as performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man with the Harlow Chorus and the British Sinfonietta. 2019 saw Charlotte performing as the soprano soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins’ Requiem with Dartington Community Choir; she was praised by ‘Seen and Heard International’ “where her bell-like clarity was absolutely ideal for the role.” She has also performed Mozart’s Sparrow Mass with the Ross-on-Wye Choral Society.

Charlotte has been a choral scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales since 2016 and has performed in many of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall as well as the Last Night of the Proms where in 2019 she performed as a soloist. She has also performed as a session singer with the BBC in collaboration with British Council Wales.

Charlotte’s studies at the David Seligman Opera School are generously supported by a Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Opera Award, The Dame Shirley Bassey Trust and The Leverhulme Trust.
I am thrilled to receive a Sybil Tutton opera award which will allow me to fully immerse myself into the David Seligman Opera School in September. The David Seligman Opera School provides enhanced opportunities for students to work with, and learn from, leading international artists and practitioners. The aim of the school is to bring a clear perspective on the demands and requirements of the industry which will provide a solid grounding for this demanding career. This course will allow me to reach my potential and I am very grateful for the support given by Help Musicians .