Zambian-born baritone Themba Mvula was awarded second prize in the Bologna International Vocal Competition and a finalist in the inaugural By Voice Alone competition. He has sung for WNO, ENO, Opera North and Birmingham Opera Company and was due to make his Opera Holland Park debut in 2020 as Marullo Rigoletto before cancellation due to COVID-19. In Autumn 2020 Themba will sing the role of Frazier in Theater an der Wien’s production of Porgy and Bess.
Scottish baritone Christopher Nairne is a Samling Artist and performed Schaunard La bohème for Opera North, William Dale in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night (UK Premiere) and The Novice’s Friend Billy Budd at Snape Maltings. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, he also sang Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad at Glasgow City Halls for BBC Radio.