MRM welcomes exciting young bass-baritone Michael Mofidian to the roster for general management. Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers’ Prize and the 2017 Pavarotti Prize, Michael was born...MORE
“Mofidian, from the first, still note of the Brahms showed himself a singer of immense talent, capable of linguistic and musical dexterity”
Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers’ Prize and the 2017 Pavarotti Prize, Michael was born and raised in Glasgow, and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.
- 2018 Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist – Debussy, Doctor Pelléas et Mélisande; Puccini, Imperial Commissioner Madama Butterfly
- 2018 – 2020 Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Tchaikovsky, Narumov Queen of Spades; Verdi, Alcade Forza del destino, Puccini, Angelotti Tosca; Bizet, Zuniga Carmen, Henze, Minotauros Phaedra (Linbury Studio Theatre);
- Recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall
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 Queen of Spades, followed by roles including Alcade 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 for British Youth Opera; Immigration Officer Flight, Leporello Don Giovanni, The Protector Written on Skin (scenes), Masetto Don Giovanni (scenes) and Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (scenes) for Royal Academy Opera; Colline La bohème for Vivo D’Arte; the title role in Noyes Fludde at Hampton Court House; and Ferryman Curlew River for 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. His love of 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 in recital at Wigmore Hall, where he will return later in 2018 for the Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital, and 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 Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, and the London Mozart Players. Michael was a regular soloist in the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, working with some of the country’s leading baroque players. Other recent highlights have included Verdi Requiem; Jesus, Pilate and arias in both Bach Passions; Haydn Creation; Handel Messiah; Stravinsky Les noces; Beethoven 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.
Michael is also a composer; his works include pieces for orchestra, instrumental chamber music, art songs and works for vocal ensemble, and his teachers have included Sir James MacMillan, Richard Causton and Robin Holloway.