Charity Sunshine Tillmann-Dick
Soprano, Double-Lung Transplant Recipient
Charity Tillemann-Dick is an American-born soprano and top-selling classical recording artist. She is also a recipient of two double lung transplants. Charity has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues as diverse as the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the National Palace of the Arts in Budapest, Hungary; the American Embassy in Beijing, China; and the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. She has collaborated and performed with noted conductors and musicians including Éva Marton, Bruno Rigacci, Joela Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Bono, Zoltán Kocsis, Joan Dornemann, and former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Some of her operatic roles have included Titania in A Mid Summer’s Night Dream, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, and Ophelia in Ophelia Forever. Charity has also performed for numerous presidents, prime ministers, members of Congress, and world dignitaries.
In 2014, Charity released her debut album, American Grace, which reached #1 on the Traditional Classical charts on Billboard. Charity was accompanied by Joela Jones and Richard Weiss, principal pianist and cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra.
After receiving a diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in 2004, Charity served as the national spokesperson for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), working to raise awareness, increase federal research funding, expand stem cell research, and promote preventative and alternative medicine. In September 2009, she received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After complications from rejection, she received a second double lung transplant in January 2012.
Since receiving her transplant, Charity has shared her amazing story and vocal talents at numerous conferences and events around the country, including: TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, D.C.; TEDMED 2010 in San Diego, CA; the 6th National Learning Congress on Organ Donation in Dallas, TX; and the EG Conference in Monterrey, CA. Charity was named a Glamour Hero in October 2005, and she has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, TED.com, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and BBC Radio. Her performances have been broadcast around the world on CBS, CNN, BBC, FOX, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN and NPR.
Charity was raised in Denver, CO with her 10 brothers and sisters. She later studied music at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC.
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