B i o g r a p h y
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blaise Malaba studied international economic relations in 2012 at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. He started his vocal training with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr, followed by Professor Bogdan Bazylykut, both at Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (Ukraine).
In 2018, he obtained the Master of Arts degree in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) where he studied 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. In 2018, he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London.
Blaise Malaba is a recipient of the Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2018 and of the Opera Award Foundation bursary 2018.
In 2015, he was finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of World competition (UK) and the same year, he won the first prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition (Ukraine).
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),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.
His repertoire extends also to oratorios such as, Verdi`s requiem, Puccini`s Messa di Gloria and La Petite Messe Solennelle.
Engagements in 2018/2019 include Samuel, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, for Opera Holland Park YAP, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA for West Green House Opera, Friar, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Northern Opera Group, Fotis (Cover) in THE GREEK PASSION for Opera North and Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE with the Wycliffe Chorale Society. Future plans include return to Opera Holland Park for Sparafucile in RIGOLETTO, Second Elder SUSANNA for the JPYAP Link Artist Program at the Royal Opera House, Alidoro LA CENRENTOLA for New Generation Festival.