“More impressive is the South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla, who projects cleanly and articulates the runs neatly, delivering the evening’s best singing in the virtuoso aria 'Si, ritrovarla'”
Sunnyboy Dladla was born in the township of Piet Retief in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. For the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons he was a member of the International Opera Studio of Zurich Opera and roles for the main house included Arturo in Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, Dorvil in Rossini La Scala di Seta, Nick in Puccini La Fanciulla del West, 1.Junger Offizier in Zimmermann Die Soldaten and Kutscher and Vorarbeiter in Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. During this time he also completed a Masters degree at Zurich University, while studying voice with Professor Scot Weir.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Oper Stuttgart
- Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor; Dorvil La Scala di Seta; Paolino Il Matrimonio Segreto – Zurich Opera
- Don Ramiro La Cenerentola – Opera North; Oper Stuttgart
- Belfiore Il viaggio a Reims – Pesaro Rossini Festival – Alberto Zedda
- Rossini Mosè in Egitto – Bregenzer Festspiele (Osiride) and Oper Köln (Aronne).
- Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Dutch National Opera
Since leaving the studio in 2014 Sunnyboy has sung Paolino in Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto and Il Conte di Libenskof Il viaggio a Reims for Zurich Opera; Belfiore in Rossini Il viaggio a Reims with Alberto Zedda for the Accademia Rossiniana at the Pesaro Rossini Festival; Count Almaviva for Stuttgart Opera, Wiesbaden Opera and Bucharest National Opera and Basilio and Curzio in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien, conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Plans this season and beyond include Count Almaviva for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jacquino Fidelio in Rostock; and roles in Rossini Mosè in Egitto for Bregenzer Festspiele (singing Osiride) and Oper Köln (singing Aronne). He makes his Opera North debut as Don Ramiro in Rossini La Cenerentola, a role he will also sing in a return visit to both Stuttgart and Leipzig Operas; and will make a further debut, for Dutch National Opera, as Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio in Tales of Hoffmann. Concert performances include Carmina Burana and Messiah in Bucharest, conducted by Cristian Macelaru.
He made his US debut singing Handel Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington and Rolf Beck, which resulted in an immediate re-invitation to sing Mozart Requiem the following year with Christoph Eschenbach. Other concert performances include Schumann Missa Sacra in C Min at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Christopher Hogwood, a New Year Rossini Gala at Komische Oper and a concert with Cecilia Bartoli in Bozar, Brussels, with repertoire by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.
Sunnyboy studied music at the University of Cape Town and singing with Sidwell Hartman at the South African College of Music. Roles performed while a student include: Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore; Il Conte di Libenskof in Rossini Il Viaggio a Reims; Lysander in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pong in Puccini Turandot.