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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

24th March, 2018, University of Reading in Handel Messiah

2nd April, 2017 at All Saints' Church, Wokingham as Christus in Bach St. John Passion

12th November, 2016, University of Reading in Mozart Mass in C minor

February 2018

Michael Mofidian            Bass-Baritone

Michael Mofidian is a Scottish-Iranian bass-baritone, born and raised in Glasgow and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the prestigious Pavarotti Prize. A student of Mark Wildman, he was recently accepted as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House.

A versatile singer and actor, Michael is comfortable 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), Don Alfonso Coś fan tutte (RAM, scenes), and Noye Noyes Fludde (Hampton Court House).

Michael recently won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform along with his duo partner Keval Shah, and has given recitals at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Kings Place, Queen's Hall Edinburgh, and the Holywell Music Room in the Oxford Lieder Festival. He has performed with distinguished accompanists including Malcolm Martineau, Sholto Kynoch and Christopher Glynn.

On the concert platform Michael has been a soloist with orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia 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 UK's leading baroque players. Other highlights have included Jesus, Pilate and arias in both Bach Passions, Verdi Requiem, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Stravinsky Les noces, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem and Dvorák Stabat mater. He was recently a soloist in a concert of Shostakovich orchestral song conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

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.

Before beginning at the Royal Opera House, Michael looks forward to performing as the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande and Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly in the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival, where he will be a Jerwood Young Artist.