Biography

Praised for his "baritonal colouring" and "Otello-like stature" (Opera Magazine), London-born young dramatic tenor Charne Rochford, was recently made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music.

Operatic highlights include Eisenstein Die Fledermaus with the RPO at Cadogan Hall, 1st Armed Man/2nd Priest Die Zauberflote for Glyndebourne and Opera North, Cavaradossi Tosca for The Bermuda Festival, Macduff Macbeth conducted by Paul McGrath, Lensky Eugene Onegin at St. John’s Smith Square, Apprentice Die Meistersinger von Nuremburg with the ROH directed by Graham Vick, Pablo Betrothal in a Monastery conducted by Vladimir Jurowksi for GFO, Don José Carmen and Alfredo La Traviata for the Mananan Festival, The Isle of Man.

At the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, Charne sang the role of Achilles in English Touring Opera’s Olivier award-winning production of Tippett’s King Priam. Further roles for ETO include Luigi Il Tabarro and Adorno Simon Boccanegra.

Last year, he made his Swiss debut as Lyonel Martha for Volksoper Zürich, his role debuts as Bacchus/Tenor Ariadne auf Naxos and Paolo Francesca di Rimini both for The Wagner Society and Canio I Pagliacci for Opera de Baugé. He later made his Irish debut singing Rodolpho La Boheme for Lyric Opera, Dublin at the National Concert Hall, which was recorded for broadcast on RTE.

He recently reprised the role of Luigi in a concert version of Il Tabarro with the Melos Sinfonia at St Luke's, LSO to critical acclaim. Last season he was the soloist for a series of Verdi Requiems at Lausanne Cathedral and Victoria Hall, Geneva with the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois. He collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied (LPO) and Korngold’s Der Wunder der Heliane (LPO) For Leeds Lieder he sang Lizst’s Petrach Sonnets. His extensive concert repertoire includes Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi Requiem, Britten St. Nicholas, Handel Messiah, Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Gurre-Lieder Schönberg, Puccini Messe di Gloria and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.

Charne made his cinematic debut at the Venice Film Festival as 2nd Officer (Priest) in The Magic Flute, conducted by James Conlon directed by Kenneth Branagh.