DR Congolese bass Blaise Malaba is a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he sang Second Elder (Susanna).
Malaba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and studied international economic relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 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, studying with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock. He was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and won First Prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition in Ukraine (2015) and in 2018 was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, London. His opera engagements have included Samuel (Un ballo in maschera) for Opera Holland Park Young Artists, Alidoro (La Cenerentola) for West Green House Opera, Friar (Much Ado About Nothing) for Northern Opera and Somnus (Semele) for Mid Wales Opera and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Other roles include Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Luka (The Bear), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi). He covered Fotis (The Greek Passion) for Opera North.
Malaba has sung with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, and performed oratorio and concert repertory including Verdi’s Requiem and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. He is the recipient of an Opera Award Foundation Bursary and the Independent Opera Fellowship (both 2018).
Blaise Malaba and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020
Patrick Terry as Joacim and Blaise Malaba as the Second Elder in Susanna, The Royal Opera
Namiko Gahier-Ogawa, Blaise Malaba and Isabelle Kettle in rehearsal for Susanna, The Royal Opera
Blaise Malaba as the Second Elder and Andrés Presno as the First Elder in Susanna, The Royal Opera
Blaise Malaba in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020
Blaise Malaba, Edmund Whitehead and Filipe Manu in rehearsal for Live from Covent Garden, 27 June 2020