Belgian soprano Charlotte Wajnberg is a laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2018 where she also won the Audience Prize (Klara/Canvas), which launched her international opera career.
Equally passionate about the Lieder art, Charlotte has been invited by legendary soprano Renée Fleming to participate in Carnegie Hall's 2023 SongStudio.
She was internationally praised for her performances of 20th century repertoire, and especially for the Second Viennese School. Her interpretations of contemporary music have been widely acclaimed. With the Brussels Philharmonic, she recorded the world premiere of the orchestral song cycle The intimacy of distance under the baton of composer Robert Groslot for the label Naxos. More recently, composers Annelies Van Parys, Aftab Darvishi and Calliope Tsoupaki have composed new work for Charlotte Wajnberg and Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), on the themes of Greek mythological figures Medea, Circe and Penelope.
Other contemporary composers are currently working on new compositions for Charlotte, such as Luc Van Hove, whose new song cycle she will premiere at the Lunalia Festival of Flanders and Antwerp LiedFest in the Spring of 2024.
Her "unique vocal timbre" (Radio Klara) has brought Ms. Wajnberg to stages around the globe, such as the Royal Opera House La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium), Carnegie Hall (New York), Salle Cortot (Paris), the Flemish Opera House (Antwerp & Ghent), deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), the Schiermonnikoog Festival (the Netherlands), Barcelona-Viladrau Festival, Antwerp LiedFest, Concertgebouw (Bruges, Belgium), Amuz (Antwerpen, Belgium), and many others.
Ms. Wajnberg has performed the roles of Esprit (Massenet, Cendrillon), Micaëla (Carmen, Bizet), Thérèse (Les mamelles de Tirésias, F. Poulenc), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart), Nanetta (Falstaff, Verdi), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi), Musetta (La bohème, Puccini), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart), Aspasia (Mitridate, re di Ponto, W.A. Mozart), Adèle (Die Fledermauss, J. Strauss), Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress, I. Stravinsky), Lucy (The Telephone, G.C. Menotti), Manon (Manon, Massenet), Giulietta (I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Bellini), Ännchen (Der Freischütz, C.M. Weber), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel, E. Humperdinck), Despina (Cosi fan tutte, W.A. Mozart), Zaïde (Zäide, W.A. Mozart), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart).
Ms. Wajnberg is a versatile artist, excelling at a broad range of vocal repertoire. Alongside the operatic repertoire, she regularly performs symphonic repertoire, sacred music, art song and chamber music.
As a Lieder interpreter, she frequently shares the stage with pianist Aaron Wajnberg.
The duo is also often invited to give Lieder masterclasses to young talents, such as at the Western Connecticut State University in the USA.
As the Artistic Director of Antwerp LiedFest, Charlotte Wajnberg is committed to investing in the art of song and vocal chamber music.
She has worked with different chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including Quatuor Van Kuijk, Quatuor Voce, Carousel Ensemble, Südwestdeutsches Kammerochester Pforzheim, the Brussels Philharmonic and La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked, include Alain Altinoglu, Bart Van Reyn, Sebastian Tewinkel, Vlad Weverbergh, Koen Kessels, Robin Engelen, Florian Heyerick, Robert Groslot and others.
Recordings have been made for Naxos, RTBF, Musiq3, Klara, Canvas, NPO Radio 4 and France 3.
As a 2014 laureate of Vocatio Foundation, Ms. Wajnberg is keen to join the board of directors of the Foundation as from 2023, to support emerging artists on their path.
Ms. Wajnberg studied under the guidance of Lucienne Van Deyck.