During the 2020 Covid19 lockdown, coloratura soprano Charlotte Hoather broadcast sixteen once per week balcony concerts live-streamed on YouTube with her fiancé Romanian pianist George Todica. There were over one million worldwide views collectively and a growing local audience. As a Lied Duo, Charlotte and George perform regular recitals together, the concerts were a fabulous opportunity to perform new arias, and song cycles learned during this period. In December 2020, they released a cd recording of balcony favourites called ‘Songs from our Balcony’ available to download or stream on all the premier sites.
Charlotte’s last live performance prior to the lockdown was with Skipton Camerata, conducted Ben Crick where she performed works by Mozart, JC Bach, and Gluck. During lockdown Charlotte created green screen opera performances for Northern Opera, Arcadian Opera, and four one-hour recital programs for music societies. She recorded a new song cycle by Tim Benjamin in Manchester once lockdown eased, recorded a film score and prepared an opera role ‘Pamina’ in English that we are hoping will be staged in 2021. She also passed a B1 German exam at the Goethe Institute.
In 2019, Charlotte toured with three brilliant Scottish Opera ‘Pop-up Opera’ shows for audiences of all ages, especially those new to classical music and opera. Each performance was brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, musicians, and a series of colourful illustrations. In the Derek Clark, arranged roles of ‘Pappagena’ and ‘Pamina’ in A Little Bit of The Magic Flute; ‘The Fairies’, ‘Phyllis’ and ‘Iolanthe’ in his adaptation of Iolanthe and a ‘Puffin’ in Puffy McPuffer and the Crabbit Canals, by Marion Christie.
Additionally, she enjoyed performing the roles of ‘Maria Bertram’ in the five-star return production of Mansfield Park, Dove for Waterperry Opera Festival in Oxford. ‘Hero’ in Much Ado About Nothing, Stanford at the Leeds Opera Festival with Northern Opera. ‘Pandora’ in Radius Opera’s production of Tim Benjamin’s new work The Fire of Olympus touring the North of England Autumn 2019. ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet, Gounod, for Arcadian Opera in Stowe, Buckinghamshire; and ‘Christmas Elf’ in The Christmas Elf with Music by Hans Pfitzner for Northern Opera in Leeds.
Following five-star reviews for the lead role of ‘Uccelina’ in the Improbable/Scottish Opera’s BambinO, a first-operatic-adventure for children age six to 18-month-olds and their carers BambinO, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Glasgow, she toured the role with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and subsequently the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a series of sold-out shows. Other roles have included Frasquita – Carmen Berlin Opera Academy, Zerlina – Don Giovanni Bowdon Festival Opera/Opera Britain, Cunegonde – Candide and The Plaintiff – Trial By Jury both with Surrey Opera, First Witch – Dido and Aeneas RCS AGOS, Gretel – Hänsel und Gretel MAI Trentino, Eve – The Walk from the Garden and Jessie Jnr – The Little White Town of Never Weary for Scottish Opera Education.
Charlotte won first prize in the Pendine International – Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July 2018 and sang with Rolando Villazón and Rhian Lois in concert the following year. She also won the audience prize at the 60th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award.
Since graduating with a First Class Hons Bachelor of Music Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) studying with Judith Howarth. She went on to Masters of Music Performance at the Royal College of Music studying primarily with Prof. Rosa Mannion, Andrew Robinson, and Simon Lepper. She continues to regularly refine her technique with Professors and Coaches. She has participated in many specialist classes and Masterclasses with many experts including Karen Cargill, Kathryn Lewek, Lisa Milne MBE’ Patricia Hay, W. Stephen Smith.
Charlotte is an advanced level Contemporary dancer, Grade 7 British Ballet Organisation Tap and Ballet plus a RAD advanced module in Ballet gained at the RCS. Achieved IDTA Latin, Club and Ballroom Silver medals with Honours. She was a competitive swimmer and is a second dan black belt in Karate.