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Simon Shibambu

Jette Parker Young Artist

Biography

Simon Shibambu in action.
Simon Shibambu as Toante in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

South African bass Simon Shibambu joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from the start of the 2016/17 Season. His roles in the 2016/17 Season include Toante (Oreste), Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and Montano (Otello), and appearing in recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet. In the 2017/18 Season he sings 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).

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.

His operatic repertory 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.

News and features

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

Five singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2016

22 January 2016

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Photos

Simon Shibambu as Toante and Vlada Borovko as Ermione in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Vlada Borovko as Ermione, Simon Shibambu as Toante, Angela Simkin as Oreste and Thomas Atkins as Pilade in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Simon Shibambu as Toante, Vlada Borovko as Ermione, Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, Angela Simkin as Oreste, Thomas Atkins as Pilade and Gyula Nagy as Filotete in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Simon Shibambu and Gyula Nagy in rehearsal for Oreste, The

David Gowland, Jennifer Davis and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Jennifer Davis and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Frédéric Antoun as Cassio, Simon Shibambu as Montano, Marco Vratogna as Iago and Thomas Atkins as Roderigo in Otello, The Royal Opera

Simon Shibambu in rehearsal for Oreste, The

David Junghoon Kim, Gyula Nagy, Emily Edmonds, Angela Simkin, Vlada Borovko, James Hendry, Thomas Atkins, Jennifer Davis, Francesca Chiejina and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Simon Shibambu as Toante, Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Angela Simkin as Oreste and Thomas Atkins as Pilade in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Simon Shibambu as Toante in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Simon Shibambu as Toante, Thomas Atkins as Pilade and Vlada Borovko as Ermione in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Simon Shibambu as Toante, Vlada Borovko as Ermione, Thomas Atkins as Pilade, Gyula Nagy as Filotete, Angela Simkin as Oreste and Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Angela Simkin as Oreste, Jennifer Davis as Ifigenia, Simon Shibambu as Toante, Thomas Atkins as Pilade, Vlada Borovko as Ermione and Gyula Nagy as Filotete in Oreste, The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists

Francesca Chiejina, Simon Shibambu and Angela Simkin in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

David Gowland and Simon Shibambu in recital during Meet the Young Artists Week 2016

Simon Shibambu