B i o g r a p h y
Blaise Malaba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and studied international economic relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine), where he also took singing lessons with Orest Sydyr and Bogdan Bazlykut. He went on to take a Masters Degree in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock.
His studies at the RWCMD were supported by The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, The Waterloo foundation, The Rajeswari Schorlaship, The Alan Rogers Scholarship and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He was a recipient of the Independent Opera Voice Fellowship and of the Opera Award Foundation bursary (both 2018).
He was a finalist in the Toulouse International Singing Competition 2019 (France), BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and won First Prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition in Ukraine (both 2015). In 2018 he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London.
Blaise`s operatic repertoire includes Sarastro (Magic flute), Don Magnifico & Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile & Monterone (Rigoletto), Samuel (Un Ballo in Maschera, Friar (Much Ado About Nothing), Frazier (Porgy and Bess), ), Luka (The Bear), Second Elder (Susanna), Somnus (Semele), Olsen (Street Scene), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Der Tod (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi) for companies including the RWCMD, Lviv National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, West Green House Opera, Opera North, Northern Opera Group and the Royal Opera House.
Blaise Malaba has sung with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi. His repertoire extends to concert and oratorio repertory including, Verdi`s requiem, Puccini`s Messa di Gloria and La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.
DR Congolese bass Blaise Malaba is currently a Jette Parker Link Artist for The Royal Opera and from September 2020 he will become a Jette Parker Young Artist for two years.
Engagements in 2019/2020 include Sparafucile RIGOLETTO for Opera Holland Park, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA for New Generation Festival, Secon Elder SUSANNA and Flemish Deputy DON CARLOS for the Royal Opera House.