Charles Williams has won international acclaim since his opera debut at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He has acted and sung in theaters and opera houses, and for radio and television in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and Vienna. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Smithsonian, and the Kennedy Center. He toured Europe as a cast member and vocal coach of The Temptation of St. Anthony, directed by Robert Wilson with music and book by Bernice Johnson Reagon. The Temptation of St. Anthony was performed at the Paris Opera (l’Opera Garnier) and at festivals in Melbourne and Warsaw.
For more than a decade, Charles has partnered with global-jazz percussionist Tom Teasley to form the duo Word-Beat which has performed in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. The duo has released two CDs, Poetry, Prose, Percussion and Song and The Soul Dances. Charles’s solo CD, Talkin’ About, features spirituals and selections from the American musical theater.
Charles served as vocal consultant for the Grammy award-winning group Sweet Honey in the Rock and was a vocal panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He is a master teacher/artist in voice at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC. He has taught vocal and musical theater workshops in Salzburg, Austria, and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.
Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, Word-Beat performed and conducted music workshops in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The duo also performed and gave workshops in collaboration with local musicians in East and West Jerusalem.
Charles also collaborates with jazz guitarist Eric Ulreich to present musical treasures from the Great American Songbook in a cabaret setting.
Students come from the entire Atlantic coast to study with Charles in his ever-growing home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. He also travels the country to give master classes and conduct vocal workshops.
Charles teaches voice classes during the summer at the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) at Geneva Point Center in New Hampshire. The week is sponsored by WUMB, University of Massachusetts Boston. Charles also teaches at Vocal Week at Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia.
In the spring of 2011, Charles directed the one-woman play, Ann Joice, produced by Floyd-McCutcheon Productions. He is in demand as spoken word artist specializing in the poetry of Langston Hughes and other writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
Charles studied theater Arts at Los Angeles City College and voice and opera on full scholarship at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.
Charles Williams is available for concerts, workshops and master classes in vocal technique. For further information, contact Charles Williams.