Magid El-Bushra

2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar

Awarded: funding for further studies/career development

Countertenor Magid El-Bushra was born in Khartoum, Sudan and studied Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he also held a Choral Scholarship. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, where he was a winner of the Century Prize for Early Music. He subsequently studied at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent. He continues his studies with Paul Farrington, and is the very grateful recipient of a 2011 Susan Chilcott Scholarship.

In opera, Magid has performed the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera Fuoco/David Stern at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. He made his debut this season with Glyndebourne on Tour as Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and also covered the role of Nireno in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s 2009 revival of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Last season, he created the role of Little Ceasar in the pastiche opera Nachtwache at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, as well as singing the role of Tolomeo in a version of Handel’s Giulio Cesare for young people at the Théâtre Saint Quentin, Paris, also with Opera Fuoco/David Stern. He has also appeared in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Les Arts Florissants/William Christie at the Teatro Real, Madrid.

As a soloist in the oratorio repertoire, Magid has performed Handel’s Chapel Royal Anthems with the Basel Kammerorchester directed by Paul Goodwin; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Casa Da Musica, Porto under the direction of Laurence Cummings and in Auxerre with Ensemble La Fenice/Jean Tubéry; Buxtehude’s Das Jüngste Gericht with Masaaki Suzuki in Japan; Bach’s Mass in G and Mass in A with Ensemble Pygmalion at the Festival de la Chaise Dieu (recorded for Alpha - Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2008), and the premiere of Klaus Huber’s Miserere Hominibus at the Opéra Bastille, Paris with Les Jeunes Solistes. He has also recorded the Pie Jesu in the Requiem by Duruflé for Harmonia Mundi. Magid has given several recitals at the Bijloke concert hall in Ghent, most recently of Byrd consort songs with the viol consort Phantasm (following on from the recital of English lute songs he gave there last season). He has also given a recital of English folksongs at the Snape Maltings concert hall in Aldeburgh, as well as the premiere of Robert Platz’ song cycle Boutaden for the Westdeustcherundfunk in Cologne. This summer he took part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, performing the role of David in Handel’s Saul at the Aldeburgh Festival under the direction of Richard Egarr. He has also participated in Malcolm Martineau’s song masterclasses at Crear, and in masterclasses with Ann Murray, Graham Johnson and Emma Kirkby. In November 2008, Magid won first prize at the Concorso Musica Sacra in Rome, and, with his baroque ensemble La Sfera Musicale, was a prizewinner at the international early music competitions in Brugges and Yamanashi.

Future engagements include the role of David in a staged production of Handel’s Saul at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, the role of Primo Uomo in the comic opera Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali by Donizetti at the Opéra de Rouen, and a recording of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater for Alpha.

(Updated July 2011)

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