Current Member of the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart
2018 Glyndebourne Opera Cup Finalist
“Sy sang with lovely, warm tone that was a pleasure to the ear. He offered perfect expression and a surfeit of elegance in both arias, and negotiated the treacherous final minute of Nemorino’s aria beautifully. An excellent performance.”
– Joseph So, La Scena Musicale
Canadian tenor Charles Sy has received international recognition for his “rich tenor” voice. Recent successes include winning a 2019 George London Award and appearing as a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup. As an Ensemble member at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, in the 2023-24 season, Charles will be seen on stage as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Elvino in La Sonnambula. He will also make his London Symphony Orchestra debut as the tenor soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. In the 2022-23 Staatsoper Stuttgart season, Charles appeared as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. Concert performances in the season included appearances at the Messiaen Festival au Pays de la Meije and in Paris and Aix-en-Provence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as the tenor soloist for the Mozart Requiem.
He began his 2021-22 season as a first year Ensemble member at Staatsoper Stuttgart, singing the roles of Il Conte d’Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He also sings the role of Belfiore in La finta giardiniera with the Baadisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Additionally, he will join the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as the tenor soloist for the Mozart Requiem, with concerts taking place in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.
A 2019 graduate of The Juilliard School’s ADOS program, Mr. Sy spends the 2019 summer in Europe as a member of the Vocal Residency at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and at the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany, before joining the Opernstudio at Staatsoper Stuttgart in the fall. During the 2019-20 season in Stuttgart, Mr. Sy will be heard in productions of Boris Godunov, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Purcell’s King Arthur. Additionally, he makes his debut with Nationaltheater Mannheim in the title role of Hippolyte et Aricie. On the concert stage, he joins the Calgary Philharmonic for an evening of opera favorites and makes his debut with his hometown Toronto Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with Sir Andrew Davis.
Most recently, he made his Vancouver Opera debut as Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, made his Juilliard Opera debut as Belfiore/La finta giardiniera, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Evangelist and Tenor Soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro. In Canada, he sang Grimoaldo/Rodelinda with Voice Box: Opera In Concert and finshed the season with Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Pax Christi and Mozart’s Requiem and Davide Penitente with the Ottawa Choral Society and the St. Lawrence Choir. Previous opera roles include Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni.