Njabulo Madlala & Friends: “Opera Spectacular”
Hosted by the Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Wellington
Two performances of arias and South African songs
(Two different programmes)
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Evening concert – 18h30 to 20h00
Dinner at 20h30
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Morning concert – 10h30 to 12h00
Lunch at 13h00
Dinner R130pp OR a la carte
Lunch R120pp OR a la carte
Contact 021 864 50 50
Njabulo Madlala will include three young singers on his programmes. Lynelle Kenned is a student of VProf. Virginia Davids at the UCT Opera school, and other young performers are selected from a series of workshops and masterclasses Madlala has given while visiting South Africa.
About Njabulo Madlala:
He is a South African Opera star currently based in the United Kingdom. one of this country’s most distinguished operatic exports, Madlala recently graduated with distinction from London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The music school from which he holds a Bachelors of Music Degree, a Masters of Music Degree and a Masters in Music Performance Degree. Njabulo has travelled around Europe and taken part in master classes given by many of the world’s greatest singers and pianists, including Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neill, Della Jones, Sir Thomas Allen, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Isobel Buchanan, Marie McLaughlin, Ann Murray, Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Rodger Vignoles, Yvonne Kenny, Dame Anne Evans, and others. Leading conductors and directors he has worked with include the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Antonio Pappano, Dame Joan Sutherland’s husband and conductor Maestro Richard Bonynge and as well as other important people in the business.
Winner of First Prize at the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Njabulo Madlala was born in South Africa. He studied on the Post-graduate Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Robert Dean, and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill. He has sung Don Giulio L’ajo nell’imbarazzo at the Barga International Festival, Peachum The Threepenny Opera at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Rangwan Koanga at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Fisherman Bird of Night for ROH2,Porgy Porgy and Bess at the Cheltenham Festival, Bello La Fanciulla del West and Schaunard La bohème for Opera Holland Park and Mel The Knot Garden at the Montepulciano Festival and, most recently, Don FernandoFidelio for Opera Holland Park.
What the critics have said:
As soon as he began to sing, I was swept away with the sheer beauty of his voice, and settled back to relish the rich, velvety tones that wafted through the room, enhanced by Madlala’s exquisite phrasing, masterful technique and strong interpretations. – Nicola Lisle, The Oxford Times, 25/08/2010
More about the Excellence Out of Africa Trust:
David and Sue Sonnenberg, owners of Diemersfontein and founders of this trust, have for the last several years been privileged to host some of South Africas most exceptional and talented young artists and singers.
Amongst the recent performers at Diemersfontein was the extraordinarily talented Pretty Yende, currently attending La Scala in Italy. These benefit concerts have been held to assist these singers and artists in furthering their careers, and establishing their reputations. The other beneficiary of this trust is the Wellington Preparatory School scholarship fund.
Contact Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate
tel 021 864 5050
Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate
R301 Jan van Riebeeck Rd
Tel: 021 864 5050
Fax: 021 864 2095