South African opera star who beat the odds performs for London audiences

The multitalented South African opera star Njabulo Madlala will perform a concert called “A Night at the Opera” hosted by the High Commission of South Africa in London on 8 February 2018.

Madlala hails from Inanda, a poor township just north of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. As a young boy, he was inspired by his grandmother, a domestic worker with an intense love for music. Through the years, Njabulo has fought against all odds to become one of the country’s most well known operatic exports.

Announced the Standard Bank Young Artist for Music in 2014, his accolades include winning the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award in London’s Wigmore Hall, 2012 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.

Recent highlights include his debut at the Royal Opera House. In the current season, Njabulo performs in Moscow and further ahead in 2018 will make his debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, English National Opera and the Dutch National Opera.

This is a great opportunity to hear Njabulo Madlala in concert with friends in what promises to be a blissful evening of beautiful music featuring opera arias, duets and excerpts from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Bellini and more.

Njabulo will be joined by his colleagues and this concert is given in aid of Opera Voices of South Africa, an initiative dedicated to the education, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of opera stars out of Africa.

The concert will be accompanied by the celebrated British pianist William Vann.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 8 February 2018

Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Venue: South African High Commission
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DP


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