Magnus Walker


Tenor Magnus Walker has just completed his 1st year of the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he also completed his Bachelors and Masters, studying under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele and Matthew Fletcher where he has recently won First Prize in the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens award for Schumann Lieder.

While at the Academy, Magnus has undertaken many different projects: he has performed a recital of duets by German lieder composers Brahms and Schumann, taken part in the Spencer Collection, and given the world premiere of Mario Ferraro’s new song cycle Songs from a distant Land for tenor and guitar. He was a regular member of the chorale for the Kohn Bach Cantata series, and now sings in the ‘Bach the European’ series, including solos in the St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock.

Magnus made his Three Choirs Festival soloist debut in Elgar’s The Kingdom in 2016. Concert highlights since include Mozart’s C Minor Mass at St John’s Smith Square, the arias in Bach’s St John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, and David Owen Norris’ Song Cycle Think Only This, for Tenor, Cello and Piano. Magnus made his international solo debut in 2017, performing the tenor solo in Britten’s War Requiem with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2018, Magnus returned to the Three Choirs Festival to sing Lili Boulanger’s setting of Psalm 130: Du Fond de L’Abime.

Magnus also has a keen love of Art song, he is currently on the Oxford Lieder Young artist program where he shall be performing with Eunji Han in the opening night of this year’s festival alongside Kate Royal, Christine Rice and Julius Drake. As part of the program Magnus has also performed in the International Lied Festival Zeist. Magnus also recently made his Wigmore hall debut in a recital of Schubert Lieder celebrating the Royal Academy of Music’s Bicentenary. Recent operatic highlights include performing the roles of Lysander in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Britten’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Gonzalve in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole. This autumn Magnus shall be performing the role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, conducted by Trevor Pinnock and directed by Freddy Wake-Walker.

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