Tenor Sunnyboy Dladla appears in his first Offenbach opera as Xailoun in Barkouf for Oper Köln in October. Later in the season he returns to French repertoire, this time at...MORE
At the 2019 BBC Proms Markus Stenz conducts BBC NOW in Strauss, Brostroem & Brahms, Sunnyboy Dladla sings Mozart Requiem with BBC NOW with Natalie Stutzman, Hilary Summers sings Beethoven Symphony...MORE
In June, tenor Sunnyboy Dladla will sing Carmina Burana in Toronto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming with their Festival Orchestra, both...MORE
“Sunnyboy Dladla is compelling as Rosina's determined lover Lindoro/Almaviva, with a voice that is both agile and virile, and with musical intelligence and charisma to burn”
Sunnyboy Dladla was born in the township of Piet Retief in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa and was a member of the Opernhaus Zürich International Opera Studio for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
- Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Oper Stuttgart; Den Norske Opera; Oper Leipzig; Staatsoper Hannover
- Orff Carmina Burana – Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- BBC Proms: Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges with the LSO (2018); and Mozart Requiem with BBC NOW (2019)
- Rossini Mosè in Egitto – Bregenzer Festspiele (Osiride) and Oper Köln (Aronne)
- Quint The Turn of the Screw; Cassio Otello; Il Tempo, Handel La bellezza ravveduta nel trionfo del tempo e del disinganno – Staatsoper Hannover
In September 2020 he joined the Ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover where he has sung Ferrando Così fan tutte; Pirelli Sweeney Todd and Tempo in Handel La Bellezza ravveduta nel trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. New roles in the current season include Quint The Turn of the Screw; Cassio Otello and Yannakos in Martinů’s The Greek Passion. Further ahead he is due to appear at the Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques with the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne performing Mozart Requiem and Rossini Petite messe solennelle.
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. Recent concerts include Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and at the Grand Teton Music Festival in the USA, both with Sir Donald Runnicles and other notable concert performances include Carmina Burana and Messiah in Bucharest conducted by Cristian Măcelaru.
Following his successful BBC Proms debut in the 2018 festival with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle in the roles of Bete/Le petit vieillard/La théière/La rainette in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges, he later reprised these roles with the LSO and Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival and was then invited to return to the 2019 BBC Proms to sing Mozart Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Nathalie Stutzmann. 2021 saw his Edinburgh Festival debut singing Brighella in Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos.
He has recently sung Xailoun in Offenbach Barkouf for Oper Köln; Don Ramiro in Rossini La Cenerentola for Opera North, Oper Leipzig and Staatsoper Stuttgart; the roles of Osiride at the Bregenzer Festspiele and Aronne for Oper Köln in Rossini Mosè in Egitto; and the roles of Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio in The Tales of Hoffmann in his debut with Dutch National Opera.
Other roles include Paolino in Cimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto and Il Conte di Libenskof Il viaggio a Reims for Opernhaus Zürich; Belfiore in Rossini Il viaggio a Reims with Alberto Zedda for the Accademia Rossiniana at the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival; Count Almaviva for Staatsoper Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hannover and Den Norske Opera.
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