Charity Mapletoft soprano, first appeared on the national stage when she was ten years old, where she sang the role of Pepper and covered Annie (Annie),
at the Grand Opera House in York. At twelve years of age, she became the youngest of four finalists (the others being sixteen and seventeen years old) in the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year Competition (2004), representing the choir of York Minster Cathedral. In the same year she performed on BBC Radio York and BBC Radio 3.
While at school, in addition to her vocal training with Janette Davies and Richard Hill, academic and music scholarships enabled her to study acting with Helen Brown; the piano with Patrick Macbeth; harpsichord and chamber organ with William Dore; violin with Daniel Edgar; and conducting with Steven Lloyd-Gonzalez (formerly Lloyd), the former conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2008, Charity gained the DipABRSM in Music Performance in Voice with distinction, and later achieved the same on the piano (2009). These were shortly followed by the LRSM in voice (2011), giving her the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree by the time she was nineteen years old. In September 2010, she was awarded a choral scholarship to study the B.Mus. (Hons.) at King’s College London, and LRAM in singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Glenville Hargreaves. She graduated with an upper-second class (2:1) honours degree in July 2013.
As an undergraduate, some notable concert performances included: the premiere of John Browne’s A Nightingale Sang, held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (May 2011); Haydn’s Nelson Mass (October 2011); J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor (February 2012); the Johannes passion (March 2013); and Mozart’s Requiem Mass (March 2013), with the choir of King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Charity was the second soprano soloist in Richard Strauss’ Deutsche Motte alongside Helen Massey, KCL Choir and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, which was recorded for Delphian Records in July 2013. During her final year of undergraduate study, Charity also worked as a background artist and featured cameo in the films, Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Pictures) and The Riot Club (Universal International Pictures). In addition to this, she has greatly enjoyed participating in both national and international masterclasses, most notably the Neil Semer Vocal Institute (Aub; Germany; July-August 2008); Irish Vocal Masterclasses (Maynooth University; Dublin; July-August 2009); British Youth Opera (London; April 2014); the National Opera Studio Opera Intensive Programme (London; June 2014); and the Music Academy International Young Artists Programme with Deborah Voigt (Fiera di Primiero, Italy, 2015).
Charity’s first operatic role came at the age of sixteen as a Gossip in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, which she sang alongside singers from Opera North. Since then her operatic repertoire has included: Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro; Irish Vocal Masterclasses, August 2009); Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict; IVM, August 2009); Dido (Dido and Aeneas; Ampleforth Opera; March 2010); Aniku (Brundibár; Ampleforth and Ryedale Outreach Opera; June 2010); Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro; KCL Opera with the Royal Academy of Music; March 2011); Valencienne (Die Lustige Witwe; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, March 2014); Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte; RCS, March 2014); Zerlina (Don Giovanni; British Youth Opera, April 2014); Lisette (cover; La Rondine; RCS, Alexander Gibson Opera School; May 2014); Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro; RCS, June 2014); Melanie (Die Fledermaus; RCS, June 2014); Flora (The Turn of the Screw; RCS, June 2014); Coryphée (Le Martyre de saint Sébastien; Edinburgh International Festival; August 2014); Damigella d’onore (Le Nozze di Figaro; RCS, AGOS; January 2015); Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw; RCS, March 2015); Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor; RCS, March 2015); the Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen; RCS, May 2015); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte; RCS, May 2015); Mrs Wordsworth (Albert Herring; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; July 2015); Gheradino (Gianni Schicchi; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; July-August 2015); Nella (cover; Gianni Schicchi; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; July-August 2015); Lauretta (cover; Gianni Schicchi; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; July-August 2015); Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; August 2015); Sandmännchen (Hänsel und Gretel; Trentino Festival per Mezzano Romantica; August 2015), among others. Notably her engagements last summer took place under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor, J. David Jackson.
In July 2015, Charity graduated from the M.Mus. programme of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with distinction, as the EMI Music Sound Foundation Scholar, under the tutelage of Iain Paton. She now continues her training with Andrew Watts and Della Jones.
Charity is grateful to have had the support of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, the Hope Scott Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund (now Help Musicians UK) and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.