|Charles Workman was born in Arkansas and is a graduate of the Juilliard School. A highly-regarded interpreter of Mozart and Handel, he is a versatile artist whose repertory ranges from Monteverdi and Baroque music to German Romantic and contemporary opera. Following early debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and other American opera houses, he moved to Europe in 1995 and has performed with its leading opera companies and orchestras, including Paris National Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Milan La Scala, Moscow Bolshoi, Barcelona Liceu, Madrid Teatro Real, Brussels La Monnaie, Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden, Munich Bavarian State Opera, Lyon National Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, English National Opera, Rossini Opera Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Venice La Fenice, Geneva Grand Théâtre, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Prague National Theater, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Les Arts Florissants.|
In 1999 he made a critically acclaimed debut with the Salzburg Festival as Abaris in Rameau’s Les Boréades under Sir Simon Rattle, and also debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado, in Berlin and at the Salzburg Easter Festival, with Bach’s B Minor Mass. Recent highlights include performances as Alviano in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (Opéra national de Lyon), Laca Klemeň in Jenůfa and Alwa in Lulu (both for Brussels La Monnaie), the title role of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg (Paris Opera), Bayan/Finn in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila for the grand reopening of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Bassanio in the world premiere of Andre Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice (Warsaw Opera Narodowa and Bregenz Festival), Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer (Bologna Teatro Comunale and Warsaw Opera Narodowa), the title roles of Pfitzner's Palestrina (Munich Bavarian State Opera), La clemenza di Tito (Brussels La Monnaie), and Idomeneo (Paris Opera and Prague National Theater), Tempo in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Berlin Staatsoper and Staatsoper Stuttgart), Jupiter opposite Cecilia Bartoli's Semele (Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele, Paris Salle Pleyel, Vienna Theater an der Wien, and Opernhaus Zurich), Silvio in Martin y Soler's L'Arbore di Diana (Barcelona Liceu), Don Ottavio (Santa Fe Opera), Acis in Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera Covent Garden), Polo in Tan Dun's Marco Polo (Netherlands Opera), and Flamand in Capriccio, Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case, and the Prince in L’Amour des trois oranges (all for Paris National Opera).
His recordings include Gluck’s Armide, Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione, Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth, and Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, as well as DVDs of Lulu (Brussels La Monnaie), Semele (Opernhaus Zurich), L'Amour des trois Oranges and Cardillac (Paris Opera), L'Arbore di Diana (Barcelona Liceu), Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera Covent Garden), Marco Polo (Netherlands Opera), Arabella (Metropolitan Opera), The Merchant of Venice (Bregenz Festival), and Rossini’s La Gazzetta (Barcelona Liceu) and Tancredi (Trieste Teatro Verdi).
Future engagements include the title roles of La Damnation de Faust (Opéra national de Lyon) and La clemenza di Tito (Warsaw Opera Narodowa), Paul in Die Tote Stadt (Staatstheater Kassel), and Nobile in the world premiere of Thomas Ades’ The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival and Royal Opera Covent Garden).