Charles Castronovo performs arias by Verdi and Massenet in the historic Glyndebourne Organ Room.
Charles played Rodolpho in Festival 2021’s production of Luisa Miller. Here he performs ‘Quando le sere al placido’ from the opera. For his second performance, Charles has chosen ‘Pourquoi me reveiller’ from Werther by Massenet.
Charles is accompanied by Ben-San Lau on piano.
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from Luisa Miller by Verdi
from Werther by Massenet
About the performers
Born in New York and raised in California, he began his career as a resident at Los Angeles Opera. He was then invited to join the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and in the autumn of 1999 he made his debut there as Beppe in the opening night performance of Pagliacci, opposite Plácido Domingo. Now acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, he has appeared at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including Staatsoper Berlin, Madrid, La Monnaie, Liceu, San Francisco Opera and Chicago.
Ben-San Lau was born in Manchester. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio and was a member of the Young Artist Programme at the Opéra National de Paris. In addition to his career as a répétiteur he has performed in concerts at the Barbican Centre, the Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder and Buxton Festivals, and the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist. He was a recipient of a Musicians’ Company Concert Award supported by the Concordia Foundation, a prize winner in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist.