Charles Calotta, tenor, is a first-year graduate student in the Maryland Opera Studio.   Born and raised in New York City, Calotta began his study of classical voice at Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school, under the instruction of Maksim Ivanov. 


He graduated from of Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in 2017, and was a regular performer in the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre Company, most recently in the role of Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women (Fall 2016). He was the recipient of the 2015 Delene Laubenheim McClure Memorial Prize for excellence in opera performance and the 2016 Michelson Collaborative Arts Award at the Blair School.  


With the Prague Summer Nights and Lyrique International de Belle-Île Festivals he performed roles in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and L’Elisir d’Amore (Summer 2017). 


During the 2017-2018 season, Charles played Young Ebeneezer in Scrooge and Gilbert & Sullivan (Fall 2017) with Amore Opera Company, and he played Charlie in Weill and Brecht’s Mahagonny Songspiel with Downtown Music Productions (Spring 2018).  In addition to the operatic stage, Charles has performed on several concert and recital stages, recently in the tenor solo in Saint-Saëns’s Requiem with the Astoria Choir and as a regular soloist with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. 

In the 2018 Dell'arte Young Artist Ensemble, Calotta played the role of Mr. Ford in scenes from Salieri's Falstaff.  He also covered the role of Milord Fideling in the US Premier of Salieri’s La Cifra. 

In the Maryland Opera Studio 2019 Spring program, Calotta premiered three roles in Elisabeth Mehl Greene's new work, Hajar, as well as performed scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Britten’s Albert Herring.  He also played Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene.  In the MOS 2019/20 season, Calotta will be playing Lurcanio and Odoardo in Handel’s Ariodante and Mosquito and School Master in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. 

During the Summer of 2019, Calotta sang the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Mass in C, conducted by Maestro Mladen Tarbuk.  In July 2019, Calotta will be a resident artist with the Opera North festival.

Calotta is currently earning his Masters of Music degree as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio, studying under tenor, Gran Wilson.