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Njabulo Madlala

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About Njabulo

Njabulo Madlala
Singer (baritone)
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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. In the current season Njabulo performs Aswini Twin 2 Sukanya, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and returns to English National Opera as Prince Yamadori in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly. Highlights in recent seasons include Jim Porgy and Bess for English National Opera and the Dutch National Opera; Aeneas Dido for English National Opera / Unicorn Theatre; Various roles in Shostakovich’s The Nose for The Royal Opera; Aswini Twin 2 Sukanya for The Royal Opera / London Philharmonic Orchestra; and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra. Operatic roles include Schaunard La bohème and Bartolomeo Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo (English Touring Opera); Orlando Gough’s Voices and Votes (Bergen National Opera); the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Mid Wales Opera); Don Fernando Fidelio, Bello La fanciulla del West and Schaunard La bohème (Opera Holland Park); Whale and Elephant How the Whale Became and Master of the Thames Boat Heart of Darkness (Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre); Kammersinger Intermezzo (Buxton International Festival); Peachum The Threepenny Opera (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival); Scarpia Tosca (Grange Park Opera’s ‘Rising Stars’); Rangwan in Delius's Koanga (Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Don Giulio in Rossini's L’ajo nell’imbarazzo (Barga International Festival) and Mel in Tippett's The Knot Garden (Montepulciano Festival); Escamillo (Winslow Hall Opera); Moralès (Dorset Opera Festival); and Porgy Porgy and Bess at the Cheltenham Festival. In recital Njabulo has performed with Roger Vignoles (Cambridge Festival and Lugo Festival in Spain), Julius Drake (Mananan Festival), Williams Vann (Oxford Lieder Festival and Ripon International Festival), Simon Lepper (Wigmore Hall Monday Concert Series and Buxton Festival), Llŷr Williams (Gower Festival) and with James Baillieu (Lake District Music Festival). His debut CD Songs of Home was released in autumn 2013 on the Champs Hill Records label. Concert highlights include Mozart Requiem (English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Belshazzar’s Feast at the Three Choirs Festival (Philharmonia Orchestra) and Royal Festival Hall (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Messiah (Philharmonia Orchestra); Elijah at the Snape Maltings; J. S. Bach Ich habe genug (Ten Tors Orchestra); Dido and Aeneas at (Wimbledon International Music Festival); and concerts with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under Arjan Tien and Richard Cook.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Opera, Musical theatre, World music, African music, Afrobeat
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Actor, Singing teaching, Examiner, Community music worker
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Song list

Some Enchanted Evening
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are always flexible and willing to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event or during the event just let us know and we will find a way to make it all work.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, if this is discussed in advance, we can assist.

How much time do you need to set up?

1:30 before the event so we can sound check and warm and be ready to go.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes you can. Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes absolutely. Where I am singing with a backing track, we will ask of PA system to be provided by the venue with prior arrangement.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, with enough warning this is possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs Bar, St James Piccadilly, St Martin’s In the Field, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Opera Holland Park, Barbican Centre, Grange Park Opera, Corporate Events

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Nina Simone, Maria Callas, Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti, Miriam Makeba, Nat king Cole, Frank Sinatra, Renee Fleming

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Royal Opera House


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£2000
Njabulo & Piano
Performance with just piano. Venue providing piano
Njabulo & 3 piece band
The GROUP includes Voice, piano, Drums, and Bass


Njabulo & 4 piece band


From customers:

(MusicOMH), 3 years ago

Mendelssohn Elijah / The City of London Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / 2018 “Of the soloists, the star was undoubtedly the South African baritone Njabulo Madlala, singing Elijah, whose voice has a wonderful consistency through its register – even for the floated top notes. It is authoritative yet warm, and it imparted a special tingle to Elijah’s more introspective arias”

TheatreCat V, 2 years ago

“Njabulo Madlala feels like true luxury casting for Zodzetrick, the conjuror whose spurious trade in “bags o’ luck” earns him Treemonisha’s displeasure at the outset, Madlala’s well-rounded baritone effortlessly filling the Arcola.”