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Born in Barcelona, Spain, conductor/countertenor Ricard Bordas graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, receiving his DipRAM degree from Princess Diana, and winning several competitions and awards, including the honorary ARAM.
Since the age of seventeen, Ricard Bordas has conducted choirs and chamber early music groups in Spain, the US and Britain. He was assistant conductor to Simon Johnson with the National Catalan choir, Orfeo Català of Barcelona, preparing major oratorio works and traveling extensively in Europe. In London Mr. Bordas was conductor/singer with the Camerata Hispánica. The group recorded Joan Cererols’ Missa Defunctorum for the BBC that earned a spot in the program “BBC Pick of the Week”. Since arriving in the USA, Mr. Bordas has conducted many oratorio works, including Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Bach’s St. John Passion, Magnificat, and Gloria for the Bach Festival of Charleston, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and the opera Carmen by Bizet.
As one of the leading countertenors of his generation, Mr. Bordas has performed in both opera and concert with conductors such as Muti, Frühbeck de Burgos, Jacobs, Rousset, Hengelbrock, Christophers, Herreweghe, and Stahl, and has performed at La Scala in Milan, Lausanne Opera, Netherlands Opera, Royal Albert Hall in London, Gran Theater of La Habana, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and Spanish National Concert Hall in Madrid. His opera roles include Mitridate in Il Mitridate Eupatore by Scarlatti, Feraspe in L’Argia by Cesti, Nutrice & I Famigliari in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Siroe in Siroe Rè di Persia, Polinesso in Ariodante, Ottone in Agrippina, Valentiniano in Ezio all by Handel, Baccus and Homme affligé in Lully’s Psyché, and Achill in the contemporary opera Achill unter den Mädchen. He has performed with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood and in many other major European early music groups. Mr Bordas has performed in numerous international music festivals in cities such as the London Proms, Boston, New York, Dresden, Bonn, Kassel, Halle, Schwetzingen, Beaune, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Toulon, Mexico DF, Guanajuato, Innsbruck, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. Mr. Bordas has recorded for the labels DHS, United, Verany, CPO and Discantus. CPO’s recording of Psyché by Lully earned a Grammy Award nomination in 2009.
Ricard Bordas is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University, Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Charleston, Artistic Director of the Charleston Men’s Chorus, Choirmaster and Music Director of Choral Music at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, and writes for the Spanish classical magazine Revista Musical Catalana from Barcelona. Mr. Bordas has adjudicated the David Adams Art Song competition in New York, and has offered master classes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Trinity College of Music in London, the International Baroque Institute in Cambridge, MA, and the Barcelona Conservatory. He is married to soprano Margaret Cook, and has a son named Mateu.