Blaise Malaba

Blaise Malaba – Bass

Born in 1989 at Kisangani, DR Congo, Blaise is simultaneously finishing his MA in International Relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine) and studying the MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Vocal training began in 2012 with Orest Sydyr, and he then took part in his first vocal competition, the Mykola Lycenko International Music Competition. Since 2014 he has continued his vocal training with Professor Bogdan Bazylykut and has taken part in various concerts and international competitions, such as the BBC Cardiff Singer of World 2015 where he was one of the 20 finalists; Blaise won first prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition in Ukraine in the same year, and took part in the Stanislaw Moniuszko Intentional Competition 2016. He debuted at the National Opera in Lviv performing the role of Monterone in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Presently he is working on two roles: Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Somnus in Handel’s Semele which will be performed respectively in 2016 and 2017.