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“Sicilian tenor Ivan Magrì, in his Rosenblatt Recital with pianist Iain Burnside, proved himself a true product of the operatic stage. The intimate space of Wigmore Hall, seemed to act like a magnifying glass to Magrì's throaty, robust sound; it's a voice with options and thrill, qualities that the stellar acoustic brought out....”
Ivan Magrì, the second singer of the season to have studied under Luciano Pavarotti, is known for his fresh, light tenor, and has won a number of European singing competitions. Having made a name for himself performing in opera houses and festivals in Italy, France and Japan, Rosenblatt Recitals welcomes him for his London recital debut.
“The Sicilian tenor boasts a naturally powerful tenor which he used without restraint… the cocky aplomb with which he delivered his arias suited the character of the libertine count perfectly.” Bachtrack
Ivan Magrì was born in Catania, Sicily. He won many International Competitions like Riccardo Zandonai and Francesco Maria Martini. His debut was in the summer 2006 with Ernesto in Don Pasquale In June 2007 he made his début as Nemorino in Elisir d'Amore in Udine and Pordenone.
In January 2008 he sang in Manon Lescaut at Genoa Carlo Felice, conducted by Daniel Oren, then made his debuts at Comunale of Bologna, Ferrara and Piacenza in Lucia di Lammermoor. In October 2008 he was the revelation in Donizetti’s Marin Faliero at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.
He sang the roles of Arturo in I Puritani at Comunale of Bologna, Riga, Bratislava; Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Comunale of Bologna, Como, Las Palmas, Deutsche Oper of Berlin, Teatro Regio in Turin, Estonia, Catania, Valencia’s Palau de las Artes, Budapest Opera, Elisir d'amore in Lima, Festival Donizetti in Bergamo, Turin’s Regio, Rome Opera; La traviata at Macerata Festival, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Palau de las Artes in Valencia and Tel Aviv conducted by Zubin Mehta, Florida Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, Seoul, Berlin Staatsoper.
He sang also in Valencia Simon Boccanegra and I due Foscari, opened the season of Parma’s Regio with Verdi's Un giorno di regno, I lombardi alla prima crociata in Piacenza, Werther in Estonia, Virginia at the Wexford Festival, Maria di Rudenz at Festival Donizetti in Bergamo, The merry widow at Turin’s Teatro Regio, a new production of Luisa Miller in Hamburg and at the Opernhaus of Zurich.
His recent and next engagements are Rigoletto at Rome Opera and Budapest, Elisir d’amore at Buenos Aires Teatro Colòn, Traviata and Rigoletto in Florence and Stuttgart, Boheme in Bari, Köln, Sao Paulo, Luisa Miller in Hamburg and Parma.
Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning broadcaster with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside (“pretty much ideal” BBC Music Magazine) is also a master programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. He has performed in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Schoenberg and Copland to Debussy and Judith Weir with a special place reserved for the highways and byways of English Song, as acclaimed recordings of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth, Parry and Vaughan Williams have all proved. In 2014, Delphian released Burnside’s complete Rachmaninov songs with seven outstanding Russian artists. He also enjoys a close association with Rosenblatt Recitals, both on stage and in the studio, in collaboration with Opus Arte.
For Guildhall School of Music and Drama Burnside has written and devised a number of highly individual theatre pieces. A Soldier and a Maker, based on the life of Ivor Gurney, was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival. It was also broadcast on Drama on 3 as part of the BBC’s World War One season. Journeying Boys, developed in association with the Royal College of Music, was performed in November 2013 in the Milton Court Theatre. His new play Why does the Queen die? received its premiere at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October 2014 and will transfer to London in May 2015. He continues to present Shining Armour, reinventing Brahms's Die schöne Magelone through the eyes of Clara Schumann.
The 15/16 season sees Burnside re-collaborate with baritone Roderick Williams to give recitals in Brazil, as well as returns to the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Leeds Lieder Festival, and the Cheltenham Music Festival. In addition to a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall, Burnside will also sit as a member of the jury for the 2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition.
In demand as teacher and animateur, Burnside also works on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the National Opera Studio. He is International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.