Zambian-born baritone Themba Mvula was awarded second prize in the Bologna International Vocal Competition and has sung for WNO, ENO, Opera North and Birmingham Opera Company. He was due to debut with Opera Holland Park as Marullo Rigoletto and English Touring Opera as Mel The Knot Garden before cancellation due to COVID-19. Themba did sing the role of Frazier in Theater an der Wien’s 2020 production of Porgy and Bess and the title role in Bhekizizwe by Robert Fokkens and Mkhululi Mabija in a filmed production for Opera Ddraig. He will sing the role of Hanezò in L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park in 2021.