B i o g r a p h y
DR Congolese bass Blaise Malaba is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House (20/22).
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 also studies with Gary Coward at the JPYAP.
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).
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), Friar (Much Ado About Nothing), Frazier (Porgy and Bess), ), Luka (The Bear), Second Elder (Susanna), Il Re (Ariodante), Somnus (Semele), Olsen (Street Scene), Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi) for companies including the RWCMD, 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.
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.
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