Michael Mofidian

bass-baritone

 © Benjamin Ealovega

© Benjamin Ealovega

Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers' Prize, the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize, and the Pavarotti Prize, Michael Mofidian was born and raised in Glasgow and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. A student of Mark Wildman, he was recently accepted as a 2018-2020 Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he makes his house début as Narumov The Queen of Spades, followed by roles including Alcade La forza del destino, Angelotti Tosca and Zuniga Carmen.

A versatile singer and actor, Michael feels at home in a wide range of repertoire and styles. His operatic roles include Leporello Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera and Royal Academy Opera), Colline La bohème (Vivo D’Arte), The Protector Written on Skin (Royal Academy Opera, scenes), Masetto Don Giovanni (Royal Academy Opera, scenes), Noye Noyes Fludde (Hampton Court House) and Ferryman Curlew River (Cambridge University Opera Society).

Along with his duo partner Keval Shah, Michael was a joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, through which he has given recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at St John's, Smith Square. He is a member of the RAM Song Circle and recently performed in their annual recital at the Wigmore Hall, where he will return in October 2018 for the second Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital. His keen interest in Russian song has led to, among other things, a performance of Shostakovich orchestral song conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and a recital at Kings Place alongside Sholto Kynoch, Joan Rodgers CBE and Guy Johnston. He has also performed at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, with Malcolm Martineau.

On the concert platform Michael has been a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, and the London Mozart Players. A RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, Michael is a regular soloist in the RAM’s Bach Cantata series, working with some of the country’s leading baroque players. His concert repertory includes Verdi Requiem, both Bach Passions (Jesus, Pilate and arias), Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Stravinsky Les noces, Rossini Petite messe solenelle, Beethoven Missa solemnis and 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem and Dvořák Stabat mater

Michael is the grateful recipient of awards and sponsorship from the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK (Tutton Award), Kirsten and Dwight Poler, Independent Opera at Sadlers Wells, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and the Josephine Baker Trust. 

In masterclasses and individual coaching sessions he has worked with Malcolm Martineau, Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist, Ann Murray CBE and Christopher Purves. He looks forward to performing as the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande and as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly in the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival, where he will be a Jerwood Young Artist.