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Vlada Borovko, David Junghoon Kim & Simon Shibambu star in Jette Parker Young Artists Showcase at Covent Garden

02 July 2017

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Vlada Borovko
David Junghoon Kim

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

On 16 July 2017 Vlada Borovko, David Junghoon Kim and Simon Shibambu star in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme showcase on the main stage of Royal Opera House, alongside other programme members.


Fresh from her successful run of Mitridate, re di Ponto when she sang the role of Aspasia, Borovko joins Kim in a performance of the second act duet of Verdi’s I due Foscari. Kim also sings Rossini’s Le Comte Ory whilst Borovko joins as Donna Anna in a showcase of the second act performance of Don Giovanni, which also features Shibambu as Commendatore and Masetto.


Next season, Shibambu embarks upon his second year in the Jette Parker Programme, appearing in eight mainstage productions whilst both Kim and Borovko, who graduate from the programme this year, make their debuts at Oper Köln in a new production of La traviata and also return to Covent Garden for their first performances as guest artists: Borovko as Musetta in Richard Jones’ new production of La bohème and Kim as Macduff Macbeth and Leone de Casaldi in the world premiere of Donizetti’s L’ange de Nisida. He can also be heard as Romeo Roméo et Juliette at Grange Park Opera.

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Kai Rüütel & Simon Shibambu return to the Royal Opera House in new production of Otello

07 June 2017

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Kai Rüütel

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Kai Rüütel and Simon Shibambu return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 21 June 2017 for Keith Warner’s new production of Otello. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, Rüütel and Shibambu take the roles of Emilia and Montano alongside a stellar cast of Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, Ludovic Tézier and Frédéric Antoun.


Rüütel reprises the role following a successful debut of the role at Vlaamse Opera:


“Kai Rüütel an energetically dark Emilia”
Online Musik Magazin, February 2016


“When Emilia debunks the honesty of her husband Iago, Kai Rüütel alarmed with her hair-raising voice that provided the necessary energetic impulse at the end of Act IV.”
Bachtrack, February 2016


Since graduating from the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Rüütel has performed at Covent Garden as Meg Page Falstaff, Wellgunde Der Ring des Nibelungen and as Marchesa Malibea Il Viaggio a Reims in a special gala performance. Moving from the lyric repertoire into German and Slavic dramatic repertoire, Rüütel has made debuts with Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real, Vlaamse Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Scottish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and Dallas Opera.


This season Rüütel has made her Dallas Opera debut as Olga Eugene Onegin as well as singing the role of Mary Der Fliegende Hollander at Teatro Real and appearing in the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s Infinite Now at Vlaamse Opera. Engagements next season include her debut with Theater an der Wien as well as returns to Vlaamse Opera. Looking further ahead she take on roles including Fricka and Waltraute.


Shibambu is a current Jette Parker Young Artist, with roles this season including Toante Oreste, Quinault Adriana Lecouvreur and Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. Next season he sings roles including Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Le Sire de Béthune Les Vêpres siciliennes, Nino’s Ghost Semiramide, Count Ceprano Rigoletto, Angelotti Tosca, Doctor Macbeth, Steward/Sentry Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Fourth Noble of Brabant Lohengrin.


Performances of Otello run until 15 July.

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Simon Shibambu sings Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

28 April 2017

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Simon Shibambu sings Flemish Deputy in Verdi Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House on 12 May 2017. Nicholas Hytner’s production is conducted by Bertrand de Billy with a cast led by Bryan Hymel and Kristin Lewis.


Shibambu is a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House this season, with roles inlcuding Quinault in David McVicar’s production of Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur and Montano in Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. He also performs in the Jette Parker Summer Performance in July.


Shibambu also sang Toante in the Jette Parker production of Handel Oreste at Wilton’s Music Hall, a performance that was highly praised by the critics:


“Shibambu sounds svelte, has a nice line in understated menace, and is very impressive.”
Guardian, November 2016


“Simon Shibambu is excellent as the tyrant Toante”
Express, November 2016


“Simon Shibambu’s grand-scale Toante”
The Stage, November 2016


Don Carlo runs from 12 May until 29 May.

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Simon Shibambu & Vlada Borovko perform in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House

24 January 2017

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Vlada Borovko

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Simon Shibambu and Vlada Borovko return to the Royal Opera House to perform in the first revival of David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur from 7 February 2017. Shibambu sings Quinault, while Borovko takes the role of Mademoiselle Jouvenot.


Shibambu and Borovko are both members of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, and this season sing roles including Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo) and Montano (Otello) and Giannetta (L'elisir d'amore). They were both highly praised for their performances in Handel Orest, in which Shibambu sang Toante and Borovko Ermione:


"Vlada Borovko (Ermione) brought the house down with her furious demisemiquavers".
Guardian, November 2016


“Simon Shibambu is excellent as the tyrant Toante”
Express, November 2016 


Adriana Lecouvreur runs until 2 March.

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