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B i o g r a p h y

DR Congolese bass Blaise Malaba studied international economic relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine) before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he is a Honorary Associate. In 2019, he was an Opera Holland Park Young Artist and from 2020/2022, he was member of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House .

Recognised for his resonant bass voice and strong stage presence, Blaise`s operatic repertoire includes Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Sarastro & Sprecher (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), King (Aida), Ramfis (Aida), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), 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), Bertrand (Iolanta), Simone (Gianni Schicchi) Colline (La Boheme) and Vodnik (Rusalka) for companies including Mid Wales Opera, Lviv National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, The New Generation Festival, West Green House Opera, Northern Opera Group, Opera Orchestre National de Montpellier, Teatro Colon, Canadian Opera Company and the Royal Opera House.

His repertoire extends to concert and oratorio repertory including, Verdi`s requiem, Mozart`s Requiem, Puccini`s Messa di Gloria and La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini


Blaise M. has sung with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra under the Baton of maestro Carlo Rizzi, L`Orchestre Symphonique de la garde Républicaine (France) under the baton of Colonel Sébastien Billard and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.


He also performed under the baton of Jan Latham-Koenig, Daniele Rustioni, Daniel Oren, Antonello Manacorda, 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.

Blaise M. represented the Democratic Republic of Congo in competitions including Toulouse International Singing Competition 2019, finalistBBC Cardiff Singer of the World, finalist and Impreza International Vocal Competition, First prize (both in 2015), Vincero Competition 2023, Finalist.

In 2018  he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London and he was named a Rising Star in the October 2020 edition of BBC Music Magazine. 

The 2023/24 season for Blaise Malaba includes a North American debut as Colline in La Bohème with Canadian Opera Company, conducted by Jordan de Souza, Béthune in les Vêpres Siciliennes at Festival d`Aix-en-Provence, King Philip II in Don Carlo at Opéra de Baugé, he returns to the Royal Opera House to perform Zuniga in their new production of Carmen under the baton of Antonello Manacorda and he joins the cast of both Turandot and Rigoletto on Covent Garden’s tour to Japan.


Photo credit: Edmond Choo 

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