Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers’ Prize and the 2017 Pavarotti Prize, Michael Mofidian was born and raised in Glasgow, and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.
A Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2018-2020 roles included Narumov Queen of Spades, Alcade Forza del destino, Angelotti Tosca, Zuniga Carmen, Minotauros Phaedra (Linbury Studio Theatre), Johan Werther, Bass 1 Death in Venice, Dr Grenvil La Traviata, Judge and Chelsias Susanna and Deputy Don Carlo as well as covering the roles of Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Colline La bohème. Whilst there he worked under conductors including Sir Tony Pappano, Edward Gardner, Alexander Joel, Julia Jones and Keri-Lynn Wilson.
In 2018 he was a Jerwood Young Artist for Glyndebourne Festival where roles included the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande and the Imperial Commissioner in Madam Butterfly.
Recent engagements have included a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Masetto Don Giovanni, soloist at First Night of the Proms 2021 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and a World Premiere by James MacMillan, and first night of the Edinburgh International Festival for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. He also made his Salzburg Festival debut as Angelotti Tosca alongside Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov and Ludovic Tézier as well as Don Alfonso Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera.
For the 21/22 season and beyond he will sing several roles for Geneva Opera where he will take residence for a year. He will also make his debut with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Tony Pappano for a performance and recording of Turandot (Mandarin) and a return to Salzburg Festival as Kuligin Káťa Kabanová in a Barrie Kosky production, conducted by Jakub Hrůša. Future performances include Thesus A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Rouen Opera, a return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as a guest and a role at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival.
Concert work has 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 and last season Mahler Kindertotenlieder with Britten Sinfonia under Sir Mark Elder.
Michael was a joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and has given recitals for the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, St John’s Smith Square London, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe and at City Halls in Glasgow for a BBC broadcast performing with pianists Keval Shah, Jâms Coleman, Sholto Kynoch and Malcolm Martineau. He returns to the Wigmore Hall for a recital of Sibelius and Mahler.
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.