Njabulo Mthimkhulu

Njabulo Mthimkhulu grew up in Kwa-Mashu near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2008 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Opera. After his European debut in Sweden as Jean in Boesman’s Julie, he was recruited to further his studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, by Professor Barbara Hill-Moore (Distinguished Professor of the Meadows School of The Arts). He graduated from Southern Methodist University with Masters in Music Performance and went on to Dallas Opera Young Artist Program, where he sang for three years. He has sung Marullo in Rigoletto and de Bretigny in Manon with the Cape Town Opera and was a soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Schubert Mass in G. His repertoire includes the title role in Don Giovanni, Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rambaldo in La Rondine, Belcore in L’elisir D’amore, and Sid in Albert Herring. He sang the world premiere roles of Librettest in Bongani Ndodana-Breen's Hani and Peter Klatzow's Words from a Broken String in 2010 and recently repeated the roles for Gauteng Opera's Cula Mzansi. In 2015 he sang the role of Nelson Mandela at the world premiere of Juan Burgers’ Ubuntu-The Opera at the Playhouse in Durban. He is currently teaching voice at Wits School of the Arts, and will be singing the role of Schaunard in Africa Arts upcoming production "La Bohème in District Six" in April 2016.