Charlotte Hoather is a London based lyric coloratura Soprano. She trained at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Rosa Mannion and coached by Simon Lepper graduating in July 2018 MPerf. Previously, Charlotte studied and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she concluded her studies with Judith Howarth.
At the Royal College of Music she was supported by The Kathleen Trust and was an RCM award holder supported by the Charles Jacob Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, the Opperby Stokowski Scholarship, The Josephine Baker Trust, and a personal award provided to the RCM from Edwin and Hilary Custance Green who have provided her with encouragement, advice and support during her studies.
Charlotte’s 2018 highlights; she toured the role of Uccelina to a Paris tour organised by the Théâtre du Châtelet, and subsequently the Metropolitan Opera in New York for a series of sold-out shows in 2018 and joined the second BambinO crew for a Scottish Highlands tour in the autumn. Charlotte won first prize in the Pendine International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July 2018. Performed in the inaugural Waterperry Opera Fesitvals manor house creation of Mansfield Park as Maria Bertram and was Cunegonde in Surrey Opera’s production of Candide and the role of The Plaintiff in the one act Opera Trial by Jury. Charlotte was asked to be guest soloist at Tideswell Remembrance Concert on November 11th and sang in the Rachmaninov recital at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury, London.
2017 Charlotte was involved in creating the role of ‘Uccellina’ in Scottish Opera and Improbable’s BambinO, written by award-winning composer Lliam Patterson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The opera premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July and then moved on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, which fully sold out shortly after opening. The opera which was specially created for babies aged 6 – 18 months and returned to Glasgow for the final leg of it’s first tour between 21st October and 5th November 2017. This was followed by her first solo concert performance with an orchestra when she performed “La Dolce Speranza” by Carl Maria von Weber, conducted by Ben Palmer.
Charlotte worked on several Opera scenes during her time at the Royal College of Music:
2018 : ‘The Governess’ from The Turn Of The Screw directed by Stuart Barker , ‘The Controller’ in a scene from Flight directed by William Relton and conducted by Peter Selwyn, and ‘Blanche de la Force’ in a scene from Dialogue Des Carmélites directed by Stuart Barker.
2017 : ‘Flora’ in Britten’s Turn of The Screw directed by Lorenzo Mariani and conducted by Christopher Middleton. ‘Zerlina’ in Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Natalie Murray Beale. ‘Aminta’ in Il Re Pastore by Mozart directed by James Bonas and conducted by Christopher Middleton.
2016 got off to a great start, in March Charlotte took on the role of ‘Fiordiligi’ in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in opera scenes for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In April, with her lieder duo partner pianist George Todica she performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival Fringe Concert. In May and June she then performed the role of ‘Jessie Junior’ in Scottish Opera’s touring production of The Little White Town of Never Weary directed by Julie Brown and composed and conducted by Karen MacIver. At the end of June, she performed the role of ‘Zerlina’ in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Britain, directed by Conleth Stanley and conducted by Tom Newall. Charlotte returned to work with Scottish Opera in July, where she performed the role of ‘Jane’ in excerpts from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari composed by Karen MacIver with librettist Allan Dunn at the 32nd ISME World Conference Opening Ceremony at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. In August, Charlotte travelled to Germany to join the Berlin Opera Academy to perform the role of ‘Frasquita’ in their production of Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Gidon Saks and conducted by Peter Leonard. In September, Charlotte was selected as one of several students from European Conservatoires to take part in a vocal masterclass with W. Stephen Smith, at the AMUZ centre in Antwerp, Belgium. Finishing the year with two concerts in Catalonia performing alongside pianist Nestor Bayona , who she worked with during her time in Berlin, at the Auditori Municipal Enric Granados, Lleida and at the Musitekton, Barcelona. On her return in October Charlotte successfully auditioned for The Josephine Baker Trust who work with young singers in the early years of their careers and was the recipient of a bursary from the Kathleen Trust towards the cost of her studies at Royal College of Music, London.
2015 she undertook the role of the ‘First Witch’ in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, conducted by Tim Dean. In April she performed the role of ‘Eve’ in Jonathan Dove’s The Walk From The Garden directed by Julie Brown and conducted by Christopher Gray which Jonathan Dove attended. In May, Charlotte was selected for a week of intensive masterclasses as part of the International Edvard Grieg Society’s 2015 conference in Bergen, Norway, which culminated with her performing songs from ‘Haugtussa’ at a concert in Grieg’s home in Troldhaugen. In June Charlotte was asked to perform the role of ‘La Zia’ in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Bowdon Festival Opera, conducted by Tom Newall. In July she performed at the Greater Manchester Chief Constable’s Charity Ball before traveling to Italy to join Music Academy International. During her time in Italy, she played the ‘2nd Knabe’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, directed by Ophelia Wolf and conducted by J David Jackson. Followed by performing the role of a pregnant ‘Novice’ in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, directed by Patrizia Di Paolo and conducted by Elaine Rinaldi. Charlotte finished her time with Music Academy International playing the role of ‘Gretel’ in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, directed by David Gately and conducted by J. David Jackson. Finishing 2015 with a performance at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the orchestra of Scottish Opera where she was invited to sing Rossini’s Cat Duet at their Christmas Cracker concert.
Charlotte complimented her love of singing with her second love, Dance. She achieved a BBO grade 7 in Ballet, BBO grade 7 in Tap, IDTA silver award in Ballroom, IDTA Gold award in Latin, IDTA Gold award in Club and achieved an A grade A level in Contemporary dance whilst at school. In Charlotte’s final year as an Undergraduate, she took and passed at the highest grade a RAD advanced ballet module. She also demonstrated her determination to excel when she attained the grade of 2nd Black Belt Dan in Karate, winning several National championships.