Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone
Jonathan Lemalu, a New Zealand born Samoan, is a joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier award and the recipient of the 2002 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Award for Young Artist of the Year.
Jonathan’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.
He has performed Mozart’s Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and also at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Conlon; and John Adams’ El Nino with San Francisco Symphony. At the Edinburgh Festival he has appeared in Les Troyens/Runnicles, and Maria Stuarda and Jephtha/ Mackerras. At the BBC Proms he has sung a programme of operatic arias with the Hallé Orchestra and Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn with the NZSO. Other concert engagements Elijah with the Scottish Chamber and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras; The Flowering Tree with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; The Damnation of Faust with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Dutoit; Mozart arias with the Salzburg Camerata; Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic; Peter Grimes with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis; the world premiere of Harbison’s Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Haitink; Orlando Paladino with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; the St Matthew Passion with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana; Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Mahler 8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home on the recital platform, he has given recitals throughout Europe and North America, taking him to Berlin, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Vienna, Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Washington, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Munich and Edinburgh Festivals.
His operatic engagements in the UK have included Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Basilio The Barber of Seville for English National Opera; Papageno Die Zauberflöte for the Glyndebourne Festival; and Zoroastro Orlando and Colline La bohème at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In Europe he has sung the title roles in Saul and Le Nozze di Figaro, Argante Rinaldo and Leporello Don Giovanni for the Bayerische Staatsoper; Leporello for Hamburg Opera; Rodomonte Orlando Palladino; Papageno and Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia for the Theater an der Wien; Bottom for the Opera de Lyon and in Bari; Rocco Fidelio under Gergiev at the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam; Gobrias in Handel’s Belshazzar for the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse/Jacobs; and La gazza ladra for Frankfurt Opera. He sang his first Porgy for the Styriarte Festival/Harnoncourt, a role he has reprised for Cincinnati Opera. In the United States, he made his debuts for the Metropolitan Opera Company as Masetto Don Giovanni, for the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Papageno, and Queegueg in Jake Heggie’s world premiere based on Moby Dick for Dallas Opera as well as for San Diego Opera, South Australia Opera and San Francisco Opera.
His future engagements include his role debut as Falstaff for Frankfurt Opera; a tour of Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music; Sergeant Pirates of Penzance and Schwarz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for English National Opera; and a return to Seattle Opera.