Charles Edwards graduated as a designer from the Central School of Art and Design in London.
He is known for both directing and designing productions, most recently directing Pagliacci (The Clowns) for Opera North as part of their ‘Little Greats’ season, for which he also designed and lit all six productions. In 2016 he directed the prologue of Tales of Hoffmann, designed and directed alongside directors Christopher Alden, Inga Levant und Nigel Lowery in a composite production for Wuppertaler Buhnen und Sinfonieorchester. Other productions directed by Charles include Elektra (Royal Opera House), Don Quichotte and Idomeneo (Grange Park), Joshua, Rigoletto and Oedipus Rex (Opera North), Cosi fan Tutte (Mid-Wales Opera), the song-cycle The Sea and its Shore by John Woolrich (Almeida Opera Festival), and Maria di Rohan (Wexford).
His designs in the UK include: for the Royal Opera House Adriana Lecouvreur (also Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, San Francisco and Bastille), Faust (also Monte Carlo, Lille, Trieste and Australia), Elektra and Werther (and Paris-Bastille); for English National Opera Norma (also Bordeaux), the Olivier-nominated A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also Moscow), Lucia di Lammermoor (Göteborg, Washington and Canadian Opera), Jenufa and Makropulos Affair (also Prague); for Opera North Gianni Schichhi and Tosca (also Australia).
International designs include: Tristian (Coro do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon); Lucia di Lammermoor (Theater der Bundesstadt Bonn), Kiss Me Kate (Luxembourg, Paris Châtelet) Falstaff (Vienna Staatsoper), La Gazza Ladra (Frankfurt), Verdi Triple Bill (Hamburg); Jenufa (Houston, ENO); Wozzeck (Dallas, Chicago); Katya Kabanova and Macbeth (Houston, Chicago); Il Trovatore (Metropolitan Opera, Chicago, San Francisco); Der Freischütz (Metz); Le Nozze di Figaro (Genoa, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Champs Elysées Paris, Tel Aviv, Long Beach); Die Tote Stadt (Paris Châtelet) and Attila (Strasbourg, Liège, Tel Aviv).
Upcoming productions include reviving Lucia Di Lammermoor for Den Norske Opera & Ballett and Adriana Lecouvreur for the Metropolitan Opera in 2018, among other projects.