Biography
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Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Blaise Malaba studied International Economic Relations in 2012 at the Ivan Franco National University of Lviv, Ukraine. He started vocal training there with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr followed by Professor Bogdan Bazylykut. In 2018 he received an MA in Opera Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studied with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock. His studies at the RWCMD were supported by The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, The Waterloo foundation, The Rajeswari Schorlaship, The Alan Rogers Scholarship and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2018 and Opera Award Foundation bursary 2018. In 2015, he was finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of World competition and won the first prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition, Ukraine.

Operatic repertoire includes Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Don Magnifico LA CENERENTOLA, Don Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Sparafucile and Monterone RIGOLETTO, Luka THE BEAR, Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN, Der Tod DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, Simone GIANNI SCHICCHI, Samuel UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Friar in Stanford’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Frazier (cover) PORGY AND BESS for companies including L’viv National Opera, Ukraine, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Northern Opera Group and RWCMD.

Engagements in 2020 included cover Fotis and Corfu THE GREEK PASSION for Opera North,  Second Elder in Handel’s SUSANNA at Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, a return to Opera Holland Park for Sparafucile RIGOLETTO, Flemish Deputy DON CARLO Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA for the New Generation Festival in Florence.  At the beginning of the 2020/21 season he joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.