Bror Magnus TødenesGuest of the Opera
Born in 1993, Norwegian tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes is one of the most gifted singers to emerge from Scandinavia in recent decades, having already recorded a Spellmanpris-nominated album and appeared at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals. In the 2017/18 season, he will debut as Titus in the Prague National Theatre’s concert performance of La clemenza di Tito and appear at the Bergen National Opera in Der fliegende Holländer and Berlioz’s Requiem. He will also appear in concerts throughout Scandinavia, including Trondheim, Oslo, Goteborg, Copenhagen and Stockholm, in addition to a gala concert in Poznan, Poland. Bror Magnus Tødenes started his musical training as a pianist before discovering his vocal talent. He was accepted to the talent program at the Institute of Music at NTNU in Trondheim, later continuing his studies at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome under Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz. He has tasted success at major competitions, receiving both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition in 2015. He is also the youngest ever recipient of the Norwegian National Opera’s Erling Kroghs grant for talented singers. Holding a NOVOMATIC scholarship from the Vienna State Opera, Tødenes appeared there in the 2016/17 season as a member of the ensemble. He made his debut in Vienna State Opera in October 2016 as Artémidore and the Danish Knight in Gluck’s Armide under Marc Minkowski. In February 2017, he returned to this opera house as Ismaele in Nabucco. In summer 2017, he returned to the Salzburg Festival in August as The Messenger in Aida, conducted by Riccardo Muti. In the 2015/16 season, Tødenes appeared as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He also performed at the Bergen International Festival and the 2016 Copenhagen Opera Festival, where he participated in the opening concert as a featured artist and sang the role of the Steersman in the Royal Danish Opera’s concert performance of Der fliegende Holländer under Jun Märkl. After joining the prestigious Young Artists Programme at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2015, Tødenes returned to Salzburg in 2016 to sing the role of Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello under Christian Thielemann. In 2014, Tødenes released his debut CD Remembering Jussi in collaboration with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and pianist Håvard Gimse. It was reviewed favorably around the world and immediately nominated for a Spellmanpris, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Fenton in Falstaff and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette.