ENO Paul Bunyan Zwakele Tshabalala

Zwakele Tshabalala


Zwakele Tshabalala was born in South Africa. He has worked with opera companies such as Cape Town Opera, Darling Opera, ENO and Dutch National Opera.

Previously for ENO: Hot Biscuit Slim/Young Tree Paul Bunyan

Career Highlights

He left home to join the Drakensberg Boys Choir at a young age and then was a member of the South African Youth Choir in 2009. His love for music got him into the South African College of Music in 2012, studying for a performance diploma in opera under the supervision of Virginia Davids and Khamal Khan. He made his operatic debut at the opera school, as Giuseppe La traviata in 2013.

In 2016, he was the winner The Schock Foundation Prize for Singing at the University of Cape Town. Having completed his diploma as well as his postgraduate diploma in Performance in Opera, he has been awarded a number of scholarships from different institutions, but has decided to accept the scholarship from the Royal College of Music to study for his Master’s degree, starting September 2019.

Notable engagements elsewhere: Tamino The Magic Flute (Cape Town Opera); Don Luigino Il viaggio a Reims, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro, Pedrillio Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Chief Ngcetane The Blue-eyed Bessie, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi and Tito La clemenza di Tito.

Last updated: 21st August 2019