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Still in his early twenties, Norwegian tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes is one of the most naturally gifted singers to emerge from Scandinavia in recent decades. He has already recorded a Spellmanpris-nominated album and appeared at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festival.
He has been awarded the highly prestigious 4-year Statoil Scholarship 2018.
Bror Magnus started his musical training as a pianist and moved to electric guitar before discovering his remarkable voice. He studied at the Institute of Music at NTNU in Trondheim, later moving to the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome where he studied with Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz.
Bror Magnus has tasted success at major competitions, and received both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition in 2015. The same year, he was invited to join the prestigious Young Artists Programme at the Salzburg Easter Festival; he returned to Salzburg in 2016 to sing the role of Rodrigo in Verdi’s Othello under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Bror Magnus is the youngest ever recipient of the Norwegian National Opera’s Erling Kroghs grant for talented singers.
In the 2015-16 season, Bror Magnus appeared as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He performed at the Bergen International Festival and at the 2016 Copenhagen Opera Festival, where he was a featured artist and participated in the opening concert as well as taking the role of the Steersman in the Royal Danish Opera’s concert performance of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman under Jun Märkl. In 2016-17 he was scholarship holder at Wiener Staatsoper and finished the season off with two engagements in the Salzburg Summer Festival.
The 17/18 season includes concerts with Trondheim, Oslo Philharmonic, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Poznan and operatic engagements in Bergen and Prague. In 18/19 Bror Magnus makes his debut at the Norwegian National Opera and at the Bastille Opera.
In November 2014, Bror Magnus released his debut CD, Remembering Jussi, a collaboration with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and pianist Håvard Gimse. It was reviewed favourably around the world and immediately nominated for a Spellmanpris. Bror Magnus signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2013.
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