Njabulo Madlala

Njabulo Madlala

Lyric Baritone

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Njabulo Madlala was born in Durban, South Africa. In 2002 he won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for graduate and postgraduate studies. He went on to study for a further year at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with. Additionally, Njabulo has been a Britten Pears Young Artist, a Samling Artist and a young artist at the Ravinia International Festival in the USA.  Among his accolades Njabulo is the winner of the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2012 Singers Section Final of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize, the Royal Overseas League Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas and Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2014.  Highlights in recent seasons include Schuanard La bohème and Bartolomeo Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo both for English Touring Opera; Whale & Elephant How the Whale Became, a new opera by Julian Phillips for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; his Norwegian debut in Orlando Gough’s Voices and Votes for the Bergen National Opera and Mozart Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the English Arts Chorale. Operatic engagements include the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Mid Wales Opera); Don Fernando Fidelio, BelloLa fanciulla del West and Schaunard La bohème (all for Opera Holland Park); Master of the Thames Boat Heart of Darkness (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Kammersinger Intermezzo (Buxton Festival Opera);Peachum The Threepenny Opera (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival); Scarpia Tosca (Grange Park Opera’s ‘Rising Stars’); Rangwan in Delius's Koanga (Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Don Giulio in Rossini's L’ajo nell’imbarazzo (Barga International Festival) and Mel in Tippett's The Knot Garden (Montepulciano Festival); Escamillo (Winslow Hall Opera) and MoralèsCarmen (Dorset Opera Festival) and Porgy Porgy and Bess at the Cheltenham Festival.  In recital Njabulo has performed with Roger Vignoles (Cambridge Festival and Lugo Festival in Spain), Julius Drake (Mananan Festival), Williams Vann (Oxford Lieder Festival & Ripon International Festival), Simon Lepper (Wigmore Hall Monday Concert Series and Buxton Festival), Llŷr Williams (Gower Festival) and with James Baillieu (Lake District Music Festival). His debut CD Songs of Home was released in autumn 2013 on the Champs Hill Records label.  Concert highlights include Mozart Requiem (English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Belshazzar’s Feast at the Three Choirs Festival (Philharmonia Orchestra) and Royal Festival Hall (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Messiah (Philharmonia Orchestra); Elijah at the Snape Maltings; J. S. Bach Ich habe genug (Ten Tors Orchestra); Dido and Aeneas at (Wimbledon International Music Festival) and concerts with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under Arjan Tien and Richard Cock.
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