Soprano Charlotte Hoather is in her final year of the Masters in Performance postgrad degree at the Royal College of Music, London under the tutelage of Rosa Mannion. Previously, Charlotte studied and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Judith Howarth. In 2017 Charlotte became an RCM Award Holder supported by both a Charles Jacobs Scholarship and an Opperby Stokowski Scholarship following her award in 2016 from the Kathleen Trust towards the cost of her studies at Royal College of Music, London.
At the start of 2017 Charlotte was chosen to play ‘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 will return to Glasgow for the final leg of it’s tour between 21st October and 5th November 2017.
2017 also brought with it the opportunity for Charlotte to work on several Opera scenes at the Royal College of Music: ‘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.
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.
To end 2017 Charlotte will be performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with Blackburn Music Society on the 2nd December, Purcell’s ‘O Sing Unto the Lord’ , Pergolesi’s ‘Magnificat’ and Handel’s ‘Laudate Pueri’ with the Thames Philharmonic Choir on the 9th December; concluding by performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the Salford Choral Society on the 16th December.
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 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 traveled to Germany to join 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.
In 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 Jonathon 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 was invited to perform at the Greater Manchester Chief Constable’s Charity Ball before she travelled 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 the year 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.