Njabulo Madlala was born in Durban, South Africa. In 2002 he won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for graduate and postgraduate studies. He went on to study for a further year at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill. Additionally, Njabulo has been a Britten Pears Young Artist, a Samling Artist and a young artist at the Ravinia International Festival in the USA.

Among his accolades Njabulo is the winner of the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2012 Singers Section Final of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize, the Royal Overseas League Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas and Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2014.

Highlights in recent seasons include his main stage debut at the Royal Opera House in Shostakovich’s The Nose, Schaunard La bohème and Bartolomeo Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo both for English Touring Opera, his Norwegian debut in Orlando Gough’s Voices and Votes for the Bergen National Opera, and a series of Gershwin Concerts for Raymond Gubbay, on tour. In the current season Njabulo will perform a concert of Porgy & Bess in Moscow and further ahead makes his debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, English National Opera and the Dutch National Opera.


Next Concert

Date: 08 February 2018

Venue: South African High Commission London

Book tickets: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

The Times / Wigmore Hall / Ferrier Awards

“That moment of rapt silence and attention, when an audience is entirely transfixed by a musician’s artistry, is rare at the best of times — let alone in the middle of a competition. But it happened in the finals of this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards, when the South African baritone, Njabulo Madlala, riveted every listener in the hall with his musical storytelling in Schumann’s dramatic ballad, Belsazar. The 28-year-old’s imagination created a gripping and growing sense of menace; and when he cried “Ich bin der König von Babylon”, the walls of the Wigmore Hall shook with terror. He would have taken first prize for this alone. But there was more. Madlala was equally at home in Butterworth’s Bredon Hill and in an aria from Bellini’s I Puritani that revealed the rich velvet plush of his fearless voice, its inner warmth and its flexibility.”

Music; Ravi Shankar,
Libretto; Amit Chaudhuri,
Orchestration; David Murphy,
Director; Suba Das,
Designer; 59 Productions,
Choreographer; Aakash Odedra,
Lighting designer; Matt Haskins,
Conductor; David Murphy,
Sukanya; Susanna Hurrell,
Chyavana; Alok Kumar,
King Sharyaati; Keel Watson,
Aswini Twins;Michel de Souza, Njabulo Madlala,
DANCERS; Rukmini Vijakum, Gauri Diwaker, Sanukta Sinha, Gaurv Bhatti, Aakash Odedra,
Chorus; BBC Singers,
Dance company; Aakash Odedra Company,
Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra,