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Malefane, Paulina (alto)

Paulina Malefane (alto)

Paulina has been co-founder and co-Music Director of Isango Ensemble, an award-winning South African theatre company, since 2000. She has worked with members of the company on all of Isango’s productions including The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Venus and Adonis (Venus), The Mysteries (God), Aesop’s Fables, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, La bohème (Mimi), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (Carmen), and A Man of Good Hope. She was an advocate for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

As Carmen Paulina saw worldwide success, both on stage and in the Golden Bear-winning feature film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, for which she won a Golden Thumb from Roger Ebert. The South African Film & Television Awards honoured her work with the Best Actress Award for the film Son of Man. In 2006 she made her BBC Proms debut singing Kurt Weill, and later that year she sang Bess in Porgy and Bess in Sweden. In 2008, she gave a series of masterclasses to the theatre and music students at UCLA. In 2009, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, she sang a series of concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2013, she also played Noah in Unogumbe, an adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and in 2015, the role of Zoleka in Breathe – Umphefumlo. In 2016, Paulina created and played the roles of Yindy and Sadicya in A Man of Good Hope at the Young Vic and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

During May and June 2018, Paulina toured to Recklinghausen, Luxembourg and Bergen with A Man of Good Hope and a concert version of The Magic Flute. In 2019, she played the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute in Caen, and reprised her roles as Sadicya and Yindy in A Man of Good Hope at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Currently she is teaching at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music.


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