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Charles Blandy

A headshot of Charles Blandy looking over his shoulder in front of water


Charles Blandy has been praised as a fearless, versatile tenor with agility and vigorous high notes. Past performances include Bach’s B minor Mass with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center and with Orchestra Iowa and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago; Mozart’s C minor Mass with Music of the Baroque in Chicago; Handel’s Messiah with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the role of Belmonte in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio with Emmanuel Music; Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Vespers of 1610, L’Orfeo, and assorted madrigals with Boston Early Music Festival; and St. Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists in San Fransisco. He has appeared with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. With Emmanuel Music he has sung the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew passions and the roles of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante. He appeared in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby in Boston and at Tanglewood. At the 2019 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Blandy gave the U.S. premiere of Gerald Barry’s Canada. He also gave the U.S. premieres of Rodney Lister’s chamber song cycle Friendly Fire with Collage New Music and Rautavaara’s song cycle Die Liebenden with Chameleon Arts Ensemble. On short notice he appeared in Berio’s Sinfonia under conductor Robert Spano at Tanglewood and sang in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, starring Dawn Updshaw, in the world premiere at Tanglewood and again at Walt Disney Hall. Blandy is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition that supports good causes through their work. He studied at Oberlin College, Indiana University, and Tanglewood Music Center.

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