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Simon Shibambu

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  • Rising South African bass-baritone Simon Shibambu recently completed the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A finalist of the 2018 Operalia competition, his luscious voice is attracting significant international attention.


    Highlights for Shibambu in 2021/22 will include Dr Grenvil La Traviata with the Royal Opera House, Sciarrone Tosca with Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier and Spreche and Priest Die Zauberflöte with the Opéra de Rouen. In the concert hall, Shibambu will give his highly anticipated performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop.

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  • Last season, Shibambu made his debut at the BBC Proms performing Stravinsky Pulcinella with Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other notable performances include Porgy Porgy and Bess, both in full production with the Theatre an der Wien and in concert with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Angelotti Tosca with English National Opera at Crystal Palace Bowl for the new South Facing Festival.


    In previous seasons, Shibambu has appeared as Montano Otello with the Royal Opera House on tour to Japan, Angelotti Tosca at Opéra National de Lyon, and Poet in a new production of Philip Glass Orphée at the English National Opera. He made notable debuts at the Dutch National Opera as Calazán in Micha Hamel Caruso in Cuba, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Angelotti Tosca, at the ENO as Soldier Salome, and sang Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to the Royal Opera House as Pietro Simon Boccanegra and Doctor Grenvil La Traviata.


    During the two seasons as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the ROH, Shibambu has appeared in roles including Angelotti Tosca, Montano Otello, Ceprano Rigoletto, Doctor Macbeth, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo, Le Sire de Bethune Les Vespres Siciliennes, Sentry Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Quinault Adriana Lecouvreur, Ghost of Nino Semiramide, Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte and Fourth Brabantian Noble Lohengrin. He also sang Toante Oreste at Wilton’s Music Hall. In Summer 2016, Shibambu was chosen to join the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, where he sang Naval Captain Manon Lescaut alongside Anna Netrebko, and Palémon Thaïs, which he shared the stage with Plácido Domingo.


    Hails from Pretoria, Shibambu studied voice at Tshwane University of Technology and subsequently with Graeme Broadbent at the Royal College of Music, London where he was an ABRSM scholar supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and Minerva Trust. At the RCM he has sung Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Leporello Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès Faust and appeared in the London Handel Festival as King of Scotland Ariodante. He was also awarded the First and Audience Prizes at the Clonter Opera Competition, and an International Opera Awards Bursary in 2015.


    On the concert platform, Shibambu has sung Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Rossini Petite Messe solennelle, Puccini Messa di Gloria, and Gounod Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile. He was also invited to perform in front of world leaders and the Royal Family on a number of occasions, including the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast live on the BBC.

    2021/22 season / 528 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Opera Repertoire

Bellini
Sir Giorgio I puritani
Count Rodolfo La sonnabula
Oroveso Norma


Boito
Mefistofele Mefistofele


Donizetti
Dulcamara L'elisir d'amore


Gershwin
Porgy Porgy and Bess


Gounod
Méphistophélès Faust


Handel
Toante Oreste
Re di Scozia Ariodante
Saracen Rinaldo
The God Mars Silla
Zoroastro Orlando
Somnis Semele


Massenet
Palemon Thaïs 


Mozart
Leporello / Masetto Don Giovanni
Figaro Le nozze di Figaro
Publio La clemenza di Tito


Puccini
Colline La bohème


Rossini
Alidoro La Cenerentola
Assur Semiramide
Maometto Maometto II
Mustafa L'italinana in Algeri

Concert Repertoire

Beethoven
Symphony No. 9
Missa solemnis


Dvořák
Stabat Mater


Handel
Messiah
Susanna
Semele


Haydn
The Creation
The Seasons


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mozart
Mass in C Minor


Puccini
Messa di Gloria


Rossini
Petite Messe solennelle


Stainer
The Crucifiction


Verdi
Reqiuem

The singer I’ll be looking out for is bass-baritone Simon Shibambu, who sang the King with authority, anguish and a huge, resonant tone.

Guardian

Simon Shibambu’s grand-scale Toante

The Stage

Simon Shibambu is excellent as the tyrant Toante

Daily Express

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Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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Clarinet

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