Jonathan Lemalu

New Zealand-born Samoan Jonathan Lemalu makes his San Francisco Opera debut in a role he created at the Dallas Opera in 2010. His critically acclaimed performances of the leading bass-baritone roles from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Idomeneo, and Handel’s Saul, Orlando, Rinaldo, La Resurezzione, Samson, Jeptha, and Belshazzar have taken him to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and on tour to Japan; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Salzburg Festival, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Vienna’s Theater an der Wien; English National Opera; Cincinnati Opera; Opera Australia; Hamburg State Opera; and the BBC Proms. His first solo orchestral recording as an exclusive EMI artist, Jonathan Lemalu: Opera Arias won a coveted ECHO Classics Award (the German equivalent of a Grammy), New Zealand’s “Best Classical Album 2005″, and international praise. His association with the London Symphony Orchestra began in 2001 and includes roles in La Damnation de Faust, Peter Grimes (LSO Live),Les Troyens, and Billy Budd (Virgin Classics); The later recording won the Grammy for “Best Opera Recording 2009–10″. As a lieder singer and recitalist, Jonathan Lemalu came to international prominence as inaugural winner of the Llangollen International Singer of the Year Award (2000), Concert FM’s Broadcasting Artist of the Year (2000), Royal Overseas League Gold Medal winner (2001), Royal College of Music Tagore Gold Medal Winner (2002), joint winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award (2002), ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Stars Series Artist (2003-04), and BBC3 Radio New Generation Artist (2002-04). While still at college, he recorded his debut recital disc with Roger Vignoles for EMI Classics. This recording won the prestigious Gramophone Award for “Best Debut Artist”, ECHO Classics Award in Germany, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Debut Artist of Year” presented to him by Dame Joan Sutherland.