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Njabulo Madlala

We are delighted to have four artists performnig in Welsh National Opera’s recently announced 2021/22 season.

Neil Balfour and Keel Watson make their company debuts in Lindy Hume’s new production of Madam Butterfly as Prince Yamadori and The Bonze. Inspired by Puccini’s fantasy landscape of exotic pleasures, this new production interprets Butterfly’s famous story through a dystopian prism. Keel will also perform Don Basilio in a revival of Giles Havergal’s classic prodution of The Barber of Seville.
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Following acclaimed performances as Cio-cio san and  Violetta, Linda Richardson returns to WNO as Donna Anna in a revival of John Caird’s classic production of Don Giovanni, last seen in the 2017/18 season.

Njabulo Madlala makes his WNO debut in summer 2022 in Will Todd’s much anticipated new commission – Migrations.  This new community opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago; from the story of an Afro-Caribbean slave in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS.

The production is directed by David Pountney and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren with an expanded WNO Orchestra joined by a cast of 100 performers, including a gospel choir, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus.

Keel Watson and Njabulo Madlala return to English National Opera for their 2019/20 season. Keel will perform Mars in Emma Rice’s new production of Orpheus in the Underworld, Zuniga in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen, and The Bonze in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed Madam Butterfly, where he is joined by Njabulo Madlala as Prince Yamadori.

Njabulo is currently preparing the role of Aeneas for ENO’s production of Dido, a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre, with performances in May and June.

Njabulo Madlala makes his debut with English National Opera as Jim in their first staging of Porgy and Bess, in a lavish production directed by James Robinson, and conducted by John Wilson.

Performances on: 11, 13, 17, 19, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 October, 3, 8, 10, 14, 17 November

Later this season Njabulo returns to ENO as Aeneas in Dido, a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre.

Njabulo Madlala makes his mainstage debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Clerk 7 and Coachman in Shostakovich’s The Nose. The new production is directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, with designs by Klaus Grünberg and Buki Shiff.

Njabulo has previously appeared at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre in How the Whale Became and Heart of Darkness.

Performances of The Nose take place on 20, 24, 27 October, 1, 4, 9 November 2016.