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Royal Academy of Music

Michael Mofidian Bass Baritone

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2017 & Voice Fellowship 2018

A Scottish bass-baritone of Iranian ethnicity, Michael Mofidian studies with Mark Wildman at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a winner of the prestigious 2017 Pavarotti Prize. He obtained a First-class Honours degree in Music from the University of Cambridge, where he focused equally on singing and composition, before going on to the Royal Academy of Music for his MA, graduating with distinction. A versatile singer and performer, Michael feels at home in a wide range of repertoire and styles, having particular affinity with Bach, Handel and Mozart as well as late 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century works.

His operatic roles include Leporello Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera), Colline La bohème (Vivo D’Arte), The Protector Written on Skin and Masetto Don Giovanni (Royal Academy Opera, scenes), Noye Noyes Fludde (Hampton Court House), Ferryman Curlew River and Parson/Badger The Cunning Little Vixen (Cambridge University Opera Society). He revisits the role of Leporello with Royal Academy Opera in November 2017, and performs the Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove’s Flight in 2018, also with RAO.

Along with his duo partner Keval Shah, Michael was a joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. He is a member of the RAM Song Circle and performed in their annual recital at the Wigmore Hall, where he will return in October 2018 for the second Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital. He has performed in a recital of Shostakovich orchestral song conducted by Sir Mark Elder; a Russian song recital at Kings Place alongside Sholto Kynoch, Joan Rodgers CBE and Guy Johnston; and at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, with Malcolm Martineau. As an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, his upcoming engagements include his recital début at St John’s, Smith Square, performing Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder alongside songs by Rachmaninov, Wolf and Barber, as well as recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival, in Glasgow and in Heidelberg.

On the concert platform Michael has been a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, and the Orchestra of St Paul’s. 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. Other recent highlights have included Jesus, Pilate and arias in both Bach Passions; Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Stravinsky Les noces, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem and Dvorak Stabat mater. He looks forward to performing the Creation with the London Mozart Players in the coming year and his first Verdi Requiem.

In masterclasses and individual coaching sessions he has worked with Malcolm Martineau, Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist, Ann Murray and Christopher Purves. 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.

This biography was published in October 2017.