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. In 2020 Themba was due to debut with English Touring Opera as Mel in Tippet’s The Knot Garden, before cancellation due to COVID-19, and sang Frazier in Theater an der Wien’s production of Porgy and Bess and the title role in Bhekizizwe by Robert Fokkens and Mkhululi Mabija in a filmed production for Opera Ddraig. In 2021 Themba sang in recital with Roderick Williams for the Brighton Festival and will sing Hanezò L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park. In 2022 he will make his role debut as Marullo Rigoletto for Opera North.