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Charity Tillemann Dick    

Soprano and a Recipient of a Double Lung Transplant

Charity Tillemann-Dick is an American-born soprano and a recipient of two double lung transplants. Charity has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia. She has collaborated and performed with noted conductors and musicians including Eva Marton, Bruno Rigacci, Joela Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Bono, Zoltan Kocis, Joan Dornemann, and former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza 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.

After receiving a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension in 2004, Charity served as the national spokesperson for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, working to raise awareness, increase federal research funding, expand stem cell research and promote preventative and alternative medicine. In September of 2009, Charity received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. After complications from rejection, Charity received a second double lung transplant in January 2012.

Since receiving her first transplant, Charity has shared her amazing story and vocal talents at numerous conferences, musical performance, and events, including: TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, DC; TEDMED 2010 in San Diego, CA; the 6th National Learning Congress on Organ Donation in Dallas, TX; the 2010 Empathy and Innovation Summit in Cleveland, OH; and the EG Conference in Monterrey, CA. Charity has been featured on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CBS This Morning, Glamour magazine,,, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal Health Blog, The Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Sunday Times (London). Her performances have been broadcast around the world on CNN, CBS, BBC, FOX, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN and NPR.

Charity received a Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Regis University in Denver, CO, where she was raised with her ten brothers and sisters. She later studied music at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She currently resides with her husband in Washington, DC and Denver, CO.

In the fall of 2013, Charity released her debut album, American Grace - accompanied by Joela Jones and Richard Weiss, principal pianist and cellist at the Cleveland Orchestra.


Singing opera with someone else's lungs - Washington Post

Growing up in a family of 11 children, Charity Tillemann-Dick accumulated what she calls “a lovely collection of scars”: pinched skin from the time one of her ...

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