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Blaise Malaba Bass

Recipient of Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2018

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blaise graduated from the MA in Advance Opera Course of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) where he studied with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock. Blaise is also a PhD student in International Economic Relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine).

His studies at the 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. He is a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2018; Opera Award Foundation bursary 2018; and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London.

Blaise started his vocal training with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr, in 2012, and then in 2015, he continued his training with Professor Bogdan Bazylykut at Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (Ukraine).

Repertoire includes Sarastro The Magic Flute, Don Magnifico La Cenerentola, Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sparafucile and Monterone Rigoletto, Frazier Porgy and Bess, Luka The Bear, Somnus Semele, Olsen Street Scene, Gremin Eugene Onegin, Der Tod Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Simone Gianni Schicchi which he has performed 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 on his new piece “The Head and the Load”. He has taken part in masterclasses with John Fisher, Kathryn Harries, David Gowland, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Grace Bumbry.

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

His future plans include Porgy and Bess with Dutch National Opera, Samuel in Verdi`s Un ballo in maschera, for the YAP of Opera Holland Park, Alidoro in Rossini`s La Cenerentola for West Green House Opera, Rossini's Messe Solennelle, and Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Holland Park.

This biography was published in December 2018.