Magid El-Bushra was born in Khartoum, Sudan and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, the Royal College of Music in London, and at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent. His various prizes include a Royal Philharmonic Society Susan Chilcott Award, and first prize at the Concorso Musica Sacra in Rome.
Recent engagements include Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha (Wiener Festwochen, Potsdamer Winteroper, Hamburger Theater Festival; Konrad Junghänel), Orontes in Telemann’s Der misslungene Brautwechsel (conducted by Michael Hofstetter), Bach’s St John Passion with Concerto Köln, and the Cheshire Cat in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Other notable operatic engagements have included the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Amsterdam Concertgebouw/Théâtre des Champs Elysées; David Stern), David in Handel’s Saul (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater; Andreas Spering), Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne on Tour; Jonathan Cohen), and Primo Uomo in Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali (Opéra de Rouen). He has worked with conductors such as William Christie, Hervé Niquet, and Laurence Cummings.
On the concert platform, Magid has performed Handel’s Chapel Royal Anthems (Basel Kammerorchester; Paul Goodwin), Buxtehude’s Das Jüngste Gericht with Masaaki Suzuki in Japan; Bach’s Mass in G and Mass in A with Ensemble Pygmalion directed by Raphaël Pichon (recorded for Alpha and awarded Diapason d’Or de l’Année), and Klaus Huber’s Miserere Hominibus with Solistes XXI. He has given recitals at the Aldeburgh and Montréal Bach festivals, at the Bijloke in Ghent, Konzerttheater Bern, and Casa da Music, Porto. He has also recorded the Pie Jesu in Duruflé’s Requiem for Harmonia Mundi.