South African-born baritone Njabulo Madlala was a winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award South Africa, the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, the Singers Section Final at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and Royal Overseas League Trophy for the Most Outstanding Musician From Overseas. He was also the winner of the Sir John Manduell Award for an Outstanding South African Musician, the Azuriales Festival Opera competition, the Kenneth Loveland Gift Prize and the 2012 Worshipful Company of Musicians Award.
Njabulo came to London in 2002 and studied on the undergraduate and postgraduate opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under teachers Robert Dean, Sarah Walker and Rudolf Piernay.
Upon completing his studies at the Guildhall in 2010, Njabulo went on to the Cardiff International Academy of Voice under Dennis O’Neill. Njabulo Madlala has been a Britten Pears Young Artist, attended Ravinia Institute of the Arts at the Chicago Ravinia Festival and been a Samling Artist (led by Sir Thomas Allen). He is most grateful for the help without which his studies would not have been possible from The Sir Peter Moores Foundation, Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, Music Benevolent Fund Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians and the South African National Arts Council.
Concert highlights have included J. S. Bach’s Ich habe genug with the Ten Tors Orchestra, Mahler’s Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyles First series conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Elijah at the Snape Maltings, Gathering Wave at the 2012 Three Choirs Festival, Dido and Aeneas at the Wimbledon Festival and Mozart Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Njabulo also has performed Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philharmonia at the 2013 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Cheltenham Fesitival.
Some of Njabulo Madlala’s Opera engagements include: the title role in Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera), Le Calender in La rencontre Imprévue (Gluck – Guildhall School of Music), The King Goes Forth to France (Salinnen – The Guilhall School of Music), Don Fernando in Fidelio (Beethoven),Bello in La Fanciulla del West and Schaunard in La Bohème (Puccini) all for Opera Holland Park and Morales in Carmen (Bizet – Dorset Opera).
Future engagements include three recitals at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (July 2014) and a spring tour with English Touring Opera in 2015.