Michael Mofidian

Award: Tutton Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Musical Theatre

Location: Royal Academy of Music

A joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, Michael Mofidian studies with Mark Wildman and Audrey Hyland at the Royal Academy of Music. A RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar and member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle, Michael is the grateful recipient of awards from Help Musicians UK (Sybil Tutton Award), the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, Kirsten and Dwight Poler, Independent Opera, and the ABRSM. Prior to his studies at the Academy he read Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating with first-class honours.

A composer as well as a singer, Michael feels at home in repertory ranging from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. His operatic roles include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème), Ferryman (Curlew River), Noye (Noyes Fludde), Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Tiger Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper) and the Protector (Written on Skin). An experienced oratorio and concert singer, Michael has been a soloist with orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia, and with some distinguished conductors, most recently Sir Mark Elder. Some highlights include Stravinsky's Les noces, Haydn's Creation, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, both of Bach's Passions, the B Minor Mass and many cantatas. As a recitalist he recently made his débuts at the Wigmore Hall and at Kings Place, the latter in a concert alongside Sholto Kynoch, Joan Rodgers and Guy Johnson; he has also recently performed at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, with Malcolm Martineau. Michael looks forward to performing the role of Leporello in two upcoming productions in 2017: first in English with British Youth Opera, then in Italian with Royal Academy Opera, with whom he will also perform the role of the Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove's Flight in early 2018. Other upcoming work includes a Verdi Requiem, his recital début at St John's, Smith Square, and many other recitals around Britain as an Oxford Lieder Young Artist.