He studied on the Post-graduate opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Robert Dean and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Njabulo Madlala was also a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Samling Foundation Scholar. Njabulo Madlala is grateful for the help from The Peter Moores Foundation, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, MBF Trust and the South African National Arts Council for thier help during his studies.
At the Guildhall, Njabulo Madlala sang Le Calender La rencontre Imprévue and The King The King Goes Forth to France. Since graduating, his engagements elsewhere have included Don Fernando Fidelio, Bello La Fanciulla del West and Schaunard La bohème for Opera Holland Park, Moralès Carmen for Dorset Opera, Peachum The Threepenny Opera at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Rangwan Koanga at Sadler’s Wells Theatre,Fisherman Bird of Night for ROH2, Don Giulio L’ajo nell’imbarazzo at the Barga International Festival, Porgy Porgy and Bess at the Cheltenham Festival and Mel The Knot Garden at the Montepulciano Festival.
With Sarah Walker, he has made a special study of recital repertoire, appearing as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival as well as at the Wigmore Hall and participating in the Steans Young Artists Programme at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. Concert highlights have included J. S. Bach Ich habe genug with the Ten Tors Orchestra, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyles First series conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. With the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra he has appeared under Arjan Tien and Richard Cock and recitals with Christopher Duigan in Cape Town & Durban, James Baillieu at the Lake District Music Festival, with Simon Lepper at the Buxton Festival and with Roger Vignoles at the Lugo and Cambridge Festivals. His broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.
Engagements in 2011 included the Opera Highlights tour for Scottish Opera,Scarpia Tosca for Grange Park Opera ‘Rising Stars’, Master of the Thames Boat Heart of Darkness for ROH2, Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Elijah at the Snape Maltings, He sang The Kammersinger Intermezzo at the 2012 Buxton Festival, also giving a recital, gave a recital with Llyr Williams at the 2012 Gower Festival and appeared in Gathering Wave at the 2012 Three Choirs Festival.
Current engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni for Mid Wales Opera, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Wimbledon Festival, Mozart Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Music Revival Gala, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Belshazzar’s Feast with the Philharmonia at the 2013 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Escamillo for Winslow Hall Opera and a recital with Julius Drake at the 2013 Mananan Festival.