Charles Mays, Jr  
New First Place Winner,2004
National Council Finalist, 2004

Charles Mays, Jr. has been a featured soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, taking part in many international orchestras, festivals, and galas. His operatic repertoire includes Colline in La bohème, Caronte in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, and Leporello in Don Giovanni, and three roles in Boston Midsummer Opera’s production “Marriages of Mozart.” His orchestral and oratorio credits include “Messiah,” the title role in Elijah, Fauré’s “Requiem,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and “Choral Fantasy,” Mozart's “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Creation,” many Bach cantatas, and the role of Pilatus in his “Johannespassion.” Charles has performed with Hartt Opera, the Hartford Symphony, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, and sung recitals at Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also a vocal instructor and coach.


Charles received his Bachelor of Arts in Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, and did post-graduate work at the University of Hartford. Originally from Washington, D.C., he has returned to give recitals and talks to elementary students on the historic power of song in the Black-American community.



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