Bror Magnus Tødenes


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. Engagements in 18/19 include Rinuccio GIANNI SCHICCHI with the Oslo Opera, Norway, Hylas LES TROYENS Opera National de Paris, and he will give concerts with Stavanger, Bergen and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras.

Bror Magnus started his musical training as a pianist and moved to electric guitar before discovering his remarkable voice.

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 Otello 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 2017 he was awarded both the Jussi Björling Prize and the highly prestigious Equinor 4-year scholarship.

In the 2017/18 season, he debuted as the title role in La clemenza di Tito at the Prague National Theatre and appeared at the Bergen National Opera in The Flying Dutchman and Berlioz’s Requiem. He also sang Macduff MACBETH in Lyon and Toulouse. Tødenes gave concerts throughout Scandinavia, including Trondheim, Oslo, Goteborg, Copenhagen and Stockholm, in addition to a gala concert in Poznan, Poland.

Holding a NOVOMATIC scholarship from the Wiener Staatsoper, Tødenes appeared there in the 2016/17 season as a member of the ensemble. At the start of the season, he made his debut in Vienna as The Chevalier in the new production of Gluck’s Armide under Marc Minkowski, after which he returned to the Wiener Staatsoper as Ismaele in Nabucco. Tødenes also returned to the Salzburg Festival in August as The Messenger in the new production of Verdi’s Aida, conducted by Riccardo Muti.

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 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.

Young Singer Refreshed Love
Mon, 2018-07-30
"In front of the Tivoli orchestra Norwegian Bror Magnus Tødenes confirmed that tenors still can thrill and excite with high notes and big feelings! A single female voice who before the last note in the evening's first aria had died out shouted "Bravo"! It was all it took to sweep all doubt away regarding whether the love for tenor voices still exists, so long after The Three Tenors enthralled the public in the 1990's. The love for the powerful, but sensitive high male voices is thriving, and music life is constantly enriched with new voices. Some times even with a completely terrific new tenor like Bror Magnus Tødenes". ..."in the evening's operatic highlight 'E lucevan le stelle' from Puccini's Tosca one could hear a tenor voice which really matched the legendary magic of Jussi Björling, and which made the presentation of the evening as Jussi Björling's return to Tivoli relevant. An other top was reached with the high C which was sung in the last of the four arias in 'Salut, demeure chaste et pure' from Gounod's Faust". ... .."Tødenes is a rare operatic talent and he has come unbelievably far in short time. Next stop after more Puccini at the opera in Oslo, is the Paris National Opera in February 2019. Hopefully he will sing many times in Tivoli. Just like Jussi Bjørling." Thomas Michelsen
Mon, 2019-03-25
Towards the end of third act, Bror Magnus Tødenes as Young Faust pulls out all the stops and his voice cuts through the Olavshall in Trondheim.
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