B i o g r a p h y
DR Congolese bass Blaise Malaba is currently member of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House (20/22).
Recognised for his resonant bass voice and strong stage presence, Blaise`s operatic repertoire includes Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Sarastro (Magic flute), Don Magnifico & Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile, Ceprano & Monterone (Rigoletto), Samuel (Un Ballo in Maschera), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Banco (Macbeth), Abimelech (Samson & Dalila), Fotis (The Greek Passion), Friar (Much Ado About Nothing), Frazier (Porgy and Bess), Luka (The Bear), Second Elder (Susanna), Il Re (Ariodante), Somnus (Semele), Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi) for companies including the RWCMD, Mid Wales Opera, Lviv National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, The New Generation Festival, West Green House Opera, Northern Opera Group, Opera North and the Royal Opera House.
His repertoire extends to concert and oratorio repertory including, Verdi`s requiem, Puccini`s Messa di Gloria and La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.
Malaba has sung with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra under the Baton of maestro Carlo Rizzi and L`Orchestre Symphonique de la garde Républicaine (France) under the baton of Colonel Sébastien Billard. He also performed under the baton of Daniele Rustioni, Daniel Oren, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Antonio Pappano.
In masterclasses, Blaise worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Grace Bumbry, John Fisher, Gerald Finley and Joyce Didonato.
He was 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 in 2015).
In 2018 he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London. Blaise was named a Rising Star in the October 2020 edition of BBC Music Magazine.
Blaise M. 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 (RWCMD), studying with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock. He studies with Gary Coward at the JPYAP, Royal Opera House.
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