Blaise Malaba

Blaise Malaba – Bass

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blaise studied on the MA in Advance Opera Course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock.

His studies at RWCMD have been supported by The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, The Waterloo foundation, The Rajeswari Schorlaship, The Alan Rogers Scholarship and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Blaise started his vocal training with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr, in 2012, then in 2014, continued his training with Professor Bogdan Bazylykut at Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (Ukraine).

His repertoire includes Sarastro (Magic flute), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Luka (The Bear), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), The Death (The Kaiser von Atlantis) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi with WNO orchestra, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi).

Blaise has worked with conductors and directors such as Carlo Rizzi, Gareth Jones, Wyn Davies, David Jones, Martin Constantine, and William Kentridge in The Head and the Load composed by Phillip Miller. He also took part in master classes with John Fisher, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Grace Bumbry.

In 2015, Blaise was finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of World competition (UK) and won the first prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition (Ukraine).

His future plans include covering Frazier in the production of Porgy and Bess with the English National Opera.