The Mayor, Albert Herring, UofT Opera, 2014
Charles as Mayor Upfold in UofT Opera’s Albert Herring, 2014

“First prize went to the Toronto tenor Charles Sy in recognition of his softly lyric sound but especially a natural sense of phrasing coupled with a rare willingness to project beyond the apron.”

– Arthur Kaptainis, National Post

“Sy sang with lovely, warm tone that was a pleasure to the ear.  He offered perfect expression and a surfeit of elegance in both arias, and negotiated the treacherous final minute of Nemorino’s aria beautifully. An excellent performance.”

– Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

“With his pleasing, sweet timbre, and innate musicality, Sy shows enormous promise.”

– Neil Crory, Musical Toronto

“I thought Charles Sy truly gave the night’s best performance. He was vocally and dramatically mature, with a delicious dark tenor sound that stretched easily into shining high notes. He deserves accolades for being a smart singer, but he also gave the first real moments of storytelling. He didn’t let any physicality distract us from his seriously gorgeous sound, but he filled all the silences, bridged all the dramatic beats, and gave us a person instead of an aria.”

– Schmopera

“My first impression of Sy … was simply “what a beautiful voice“.  Sy’s two arias show us what he can do, pure and simple, and what he does he does very well.”

– BarczaBlog

“He’s a genuine tenor with no sign of forcing the high notes. Very nice to listen to”

– Opera Ramblings

“Charles Sy is excellent from beginning to end as Wingrave’s friend Lechmere, whether singing the ironic quotation of the folk tune “the minstrel boy to the war is gone” or when in Act II he flirts shamelessly with Kate in their lyrical duet. It was a pleasure to hear him sing twice more after his two solid performances of Don Ottavio in Opera Nuova’s presentation of Don Giovanni earlier in June.”

-Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

“Charles Sy sang with a warm and endearing voice as Mr. Upfold, the mayor. I’m excited to hear him over the next few years as he takes on Mozart and Donizetti.”

– Schmopera

“My attention was immediately drawn to one tenor voice that was obviously a bit special.  This turned out to be Charles Sy who returned later to perform the balcony scenes from both Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and West Side Story with soprano Karine White.  These scenes were beautifully done and in the former Sy revealed a genuinely free and easy operatic tenor.  Very nice.”

– Opera Ramblings