“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; Den Norske Opera
- 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. Last season he sang Don Ramiro in Rossini La Cenerentola for Opera North and Oper Leipzig, and Osiride in Rossini Mosè in Egitto at the Bregenz Festival.
Plans this season and beyond include debuts with Oper Köln as Aronne in Rossini Mosè in Egitto, with Den Norske Opera singing Almaviva, and with Dutch National Opera singing Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio in Tales of Hoffmann. He also returns to Stuttgart Opera to sing Don Ramiro, and to Deutsche Oper Berlin to sing Count Almaviva. During future seasons he will make his debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and at the BBC Proms.
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, Carmina Burana and Messiah in Bucharest conducted by Cristian Macelaru, 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.