Jonathan Lemalu, a New Zealand-born Samoan, is at the forefront of today’s young generation of singers. He is a joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier award and recipient of the 2002 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Award for Young Artist of the Year.
His roles include Papageno, Figaro, Leporello, Masetto, Rocco, Bottom, Colline, Porgy, Basilio, Neptune, Saul, Zaroastro, Rodomonte, Nourabad, Queequeg in Moby-Dick, and Bluebeard. He has worked with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; English National Opera; Opera de Lyon; Opera Australia; Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seattle, and the Dallas Operas; The Chicago Lyric; The Metropolitan Opera; the Staatsoper of Munich and Hamburg; the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; and the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Styriarte, Edinburgh and Gergiev Festivals.
His concert and recital performances span classical and contemporary repertoire and include the Berlin, New York, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Strasbourg and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and the New Zealand, London, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.
Lemalu’s debut recital disc was awarded the Gramophone Magazine Debut Artist of the Year award. He subsequently released his first solo recording, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and then a recital disc with Malcolm Martineau, also featuring the Belcea Quartet.
Engagements this season include a recital at the Oxford Lieder, a return to the Theater an der Wien as Leporello (Don Giovanni) and performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Further future engagements include Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for the Israeli Opera, his debut at the Grange Festival and returns to English National Opera. As well, he makes his debut appearance at the Cabrillo Festival on Saturday, August 12, with the world premiere performance of Karim Al-Zand’s The Prisoner.
photo by: Sussie Ahlburg