Charles Mays, Jr  
Bass-baritone  
New First Place Winner,2004
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National Council Finalist, 2004
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Charles Mays, Jr., bass-baritone, has been a featured soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician with many international orchestras, festivals, and galas, and has been heard in concert halls around the world. He has done post-graduate work at the University of Hartford, after completing a Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His teachers have included Neil Rosenshein, Mark Oswald, Jon Humphrey, and Irene Gubrud.

 

Mr. Mays has been seen in concert on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, the Cairo Opera, and the Alexandria Opera in Egypt, singing operatic roles such as Colline in La Bohème, Caronte in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In addition, Charles boasts orchestral and oratorio credits such as the title role in Elijah, the baritone soloist in Faure's Requiem, the bass soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and his Choral Fantasy, Mozart's Requiem and Vespers, many Bach cantatas, Haydn’s Creation and in the role of Pilatus in his Johannespassion. This past season, Charles was the Bass Soloist with the Hartford Symphony in Händel’s Messiah, in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Brattleboro Music Center, in addition to his other recital and concert appearances. This current season, Mr. Mays looks forward to singing several concerts in Germany, including the Sechs Monologe aus Jedermann for baritone and orchestra with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s cantata, Ich Habe Genug.

 

Equally at home in the recital hall as the concert hall, Charles has given recitals in Vienna, New York, Hartford, Washington D.C., and Vermont, and his powerful and rich voice was showcased last season on tour with Musicians from Marlboro. Mr. Mays has been a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2004, and continues to receive prizes and accolades for his scholarship and artistry. In addition to singing, Charles Mays, Jr. is also a noted vocal instructor and coach. Although currently living in New York City, he is originally from Washington, D.C., where he returns to give recitals and talks to elementary students on the historic power of song in the Black-American community.

 

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