Charne Rochford

Genre: Tenor


Born in London, Charne Rochford is gaining a reputation as one of Britain’s most promising Heldentenors – praised for the ‘baritonal qualities in his voice that give him an almost Otello-like stature’ (Opera Magazine).

His wide range of roles include Siegmund, Tristan, Tannhäuser, Achilles, Cavaradossi, Bacchus
and Siegfried.

Recent engagements include Elgar’s Gerontious with the Philharmonia at the RFH, Opera Gala with the CBSO & CBSO Chorus at Symphony Hall, Wagner’s Tristan with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra, an opera gala with CBSO, a New Year’s Day Prom with the Manchester Camerata at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and ‘Italianissimo’ with The Hallé.
Other highlights include Eisenstein (RPO), Lyonel Martha (Volksoper Zürich) Cavaradossi (Mid-Wales Opera), 1st Armed Man (GFO, GTO and ON), Bacchus/ Tenor (The Mastersingers) for ETO he has performed: Adorno Simon Boccanegra, Luigi Il Tabbarro (2014 & revival in 2018) and Achilles in their Olivier award-winning production of Tippett’s King Priam at the ROH, Linbury Theatre. He recently sang the role of Schoolmaster in Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Holland Park).

He is equally experienced on the concert platform. Engagements include: Verdi Requiem (Orchestre Symphonique Genevois) at Victoria Hall, Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ at Opera Holland Park (Fifth Door Ensemble) He was a soloist with the LPO in Mahler’s ‘Das Klagende Lied’ and Korngold’s ‘Wunder der Heliana’ under Vladimir Jurowski.
His extensive concert repertoire includes Britten St. Nicolas, Handel Messiah, Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Schönberg Gurre-Lieder, Puccini Messe di Gloria, Beethoven Symphony No.9 and many more.

He made his cinematic debut at the Venice Film Festival as Second Officer in The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh, conducted by James Conlon.

In 2014 he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Current and future engagements include: Cover Siegfried (Der Ring) for Melbourne Opera, a recital with composer Howard Blake at the Chelsea Arts Club, Mahler’s 8th at the Bridgewater Hall, Verdi Requiem at Royal Glasgow Concert Hall with the Scottish Opera Orchestra, Dream of Gerontious at Southwark Cathedral and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the RFH.


Please scroll down for a full oratorio repertoire list:

Composer Work
Bach B Minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven 9th Symphony
Bizet Te Deum
Britten Les Illumination
Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings
St. Nicholas
Dvorák       Stabat Mater
Dyson Canterbury Pilgrims
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom
Handel Dixit Dominus
Haydn The Creation
The Seasons
Liszt Petrarch Sonnets
Mendelssohn Elijah
Hymn of Praise
St. Paul
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Orff Carmina Burana (Tenor and Baritone roles)
Puccini Messe Di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass in C
Verdi Requiem
Artist: Charne Rochford
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Tenor