MADLALA, Njabulo

MADLALA, Njabulo

Opera Singer ( Baritone)
London / Durban
Postal Address:
P.O Box 1408, OR Tambo International, South Africa, 1627
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South African baritone Njabulo Madlala is the winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award South Africa, the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, of the Singers Section Final at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, of the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and Royal Overseas League Trophy for the Most Outstanding Musician From Overseas, the Sir John Manduell Award for an Outstanding South African Musician at the Azuriales Festival Opera competition, Kenneth Loveland Gift Prize and of the 2012 Worshipful Company of Musicians Award.

Madlala is a South African born British resident. 

Njabulo travelled to London in 2002 and studied on the undergraduate and post-graduate opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under teachers Robert Dean, Sarah Walker and Rudolf Piernay. Upon completing his studies at the Guildhall in 2010, Njabulo went on to the Cardiff International Academy of Voice under Dennis O’Neill. Njabulo Madlala has been a Britten Pears Young Artist, Ravinia Institute of the Arts at the Chicago Ravinia Festival and a Samling Foundation Scholar led by Sir Thomas Allen. He is most grateful for the help without which his studies would not have been possible from The Sir Peter Moores Foundation, Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, Music Benevolent Fund Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians and the South African National Arts Council.

Njabulo Madlala’s roles and engagements have included the tittle role in Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera), Le Calender La rencontre Imprévue (Gluck - Guildhall School of Music), The King Goes Forth to France (Salinnen - The Guilhall School of Music), Don Fernando Fidelio (Beethoven), Bello La Fanciulla del West and Schaunard La bohème (Puccini) all for Opera Holland Park, Moralès Carmen (Bizet - Dorset Opera), Peachum The Threepenny Opera (Kurt Weil - Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), Rangwan Koanga (Delius - Sadler’s Wells Theatre) , for ROH2 he has sing premiers of The Heart of Darkness (Tarik O’Ragen), How The whale became (Julian Philips),  Another America: Fire ( Errollyn Wallen). He has also sung Don Giulio L’ajo nell’imbarazzo (Rossini - Barga International Festival), Porgy Porgy and Bess (Gershwin Cheltenham Festival and Three Choirs), Mel The Knot Garden (Tippett) at the Montepulciano Festival in Italy broadcast live on radio Rai. Opera Highlights tour for Scottish Opera, Scarpia in Tosca for Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’, He sang The Kammersinger in Strauss’s Intermezzo at the 2012 Buxton Festival conducted by Stephen Barlow, Escamillo for WINSLOW HALL OPERA, Forester Cunning Little Vixen at Woodhouse Music and Dan Cairo for Riveraide Opera.

On the recital platform Njabulo has performed with Roger Vignoles at the Lugo Festival in Spain and Cambridge, with Julius Drake at the Mananan Festival Broadcast live by the BBC, the Oxford Lieder Festival with William Vann, Wigmore Hall Monday Concert series & Buxton Festival with Simon Lepper, Gower Festival with Llyr Williams, Lake District with James Baillieu. Other concert highlights have included J. S. Bach Ich habe genug with the Ten Tors Orchestra, Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyles First series conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Elijah at the Snape Maltings, Gathering Wave at the 2012 Three Choirs Festival, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Wimbledon Festival, Mozart Requiemwith the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philharmonia at the 2013 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

Recent engagements have included three recitals at the National Arts Festival Grahamstown (July 2014), a recital at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (May 2014), Israel tour of Bach Cantatas (June 2014), role of Marcelo La Boheme in Edinburgh (April 2014). Other engagements in the UK include Carmina Burana, Elijah, a recital as part of the Ripon International Festival, a South African Programme to Celebrate Mandela at the Christopher Summer Music Festival in Lithuania. His broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3, BBC live recordings of the Mananan Festival and Radio Italy.

First published 02.12.2014

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