South African bass Simon Shibambu was a Jette Parker Young Artists for The Royal Opera 2016–18. In the 2016/17 Season he sang Toante (Oreste), Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and Montano (Otello), and appeared in recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet. In the 2017/18 Season he sang Second Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte), Le Sire de Béthune (Les Vêpres siciliennes), Nino’s Ghost (Semiramide), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Angelotti (Tosca), Doctor (Macbeth), Steward/Sentry (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Fourth Noble of Brabant (Lohengrin). He returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Pietro (Simon Boccanegra) and Doctor Grenvil (La traviata).
Shibambu studied vocal arts at Tshwane University of Technology and vocal performance at the Royal College of Music with Graeme Broadbent, as an Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholar. He holds an International Opera Awards Bursary. In August 2016, he participated in the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, where he featured as Naval Captain in Manon Lescaut alongside Anna Netrebko and conducted by Marco Armiliato, and as Palémon in Massenet’s Thaïs, sharing the stage with Plácido Domingo. In 2019 he sings Angelotti (Tosca) for Aix-en-Provence Festival.
His operatic repertory also includes Sarastro and Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Méphistophélès (Faust). Concert repertory includes Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle, Puccini’s Messa, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile and Verdi’s Requiem.