Michael Mofidian

bass-baritone

 As Leporello in  Don Giovanni  with BYO. © Robert Workman

As Leporello in Don Giovanni with BYO. © Robert Workman

Independent Opera recital at Wigmore Hall, 19th October 2018

‘Michael Mofidian has a seductive bass-baritone, excellent diction and a tousled haired charm. He gave a charismatic reading of the Mozart’s 'Catologo' (from Don Giovanni) and whilst Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Water Lilies was hauntingly ethereal, it was in the Anton Arensky songs that he shone. Clearly relishing the music, his voice was thrillingly expressive.’ - Anthony Evans, Planet Hugill 

As Leporello in Don Giovanni for Royal Academy Opera, Hackney Round Chapel, 22nd-25th November 2017

'Michael Mofidian's Leporello was the best thing about British Youth Opera's Don Giovanni last September and once again he impressed as the put-upon manservant. Mofidian's baritone effortlessly oozes character and his comic nous was welcome as he baited Elvira with Giovanni's labelled conquest-memorabilia, or mimicked his master's magnetism in the Act 2 trio.' - Claire Seymour, Opera

 

Oxford Lieder Festival recital with Keval Shah (piano), 22nd October 2017

'Choosing a wide-ranging programme of Brahms, Rachmaninov, Wolf and Sibelius, they proved exceptional... Mofidian, from the first, still note of the Brahms (Unbewegte laue Luft, which opens on the word “motionless”), showed himself a singer of immense talent, capable of linguistic and musical dexterity and, in a couple of the songs, a good comic actor too. That he looks a bit like a young Jonas Kaufmann has nothing to do with anything but I just thought I’d mention it.' - Fiona Maddocks, Observer

 

As Leporello in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera, Peacock Theatre, 5th-9th September 2017

'The action is smartly and coherently organised and the requisite laughs are generated by the charcoal-toned Leporello of Michael Mofidian, stealing scenes with his edgy comedy. He, like the entire cast, delivers the partially updated rhyming translation with crisp clarity (there are no surtitles).' - Yehuda Shapiro, The Stage

'The irresistible energy and wit came from Leporello, Glaswegian Michael Mofidian, also an imaginative singer.' - Fiona Maddocks, Observer

'Michael Mofidian’s Leporello was a very clever assumption – balancing the buffo elements with a rather nastier side – and he sang with suavity.' - Alexander Campbell, ClassicalSource

 

Russian song recital with Sholto Kynoch (piano) and Guy Johnston (cello) at Kings Place, 12th May 2017

'Mofidian sang with a lovely focused and vibrant tone, finding something expressively sexy in the songs… Rather impressively Mofidian managed to make the philosophication rather engaging, and the later songs moved from dark intensity to rapture, reaching great lyric beauty at the end.' - Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill 

As King Valoroso in Sir Nicholas Jackson's The Rose and the Ring, Drapers' Hall, April 2016

'In Scenes 1 and 2, the steady decorated triplets... said much about the sluggish pomposity of King Valaroso XXIV, a role sung impressively by Michael Mofidian who used his stentorian but warm bass to convey the King’s self-absorbed inanity. Mofidian, whose diction was superlative, threw himself enthusiastically into a range of minor parts — coachman, gaoler, officer and porter; and in the latter role demonstrated a tangy cockney accent.' - Claire Seymour, Opera Today