Themba Mvula – Baritone

Biography

Born in Zambia, baritone Themba Mvula completed his training at Birmingham Conservatoire where he was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize. More recently he was awarded second prize in the Bologna International Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in the inaugural By Voice Alone competition. In 2020 Themba was due to make his Opera Holland Park debut as Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, but will sing the role of Frazier in Theater an der Wien’s Autumn 2020 production of Porgy and Bess.

Themba’s operatic roles include Belcore The Elixir of Love (King’s Head Theatre and Norwich Into Opera Festival), Assan The Consul (Welsh National Opera), The Millworker Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Birmingham Opera Company), Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Ensemble OrQuesta), and Escamillo Carmen (Rogue Opera). He starred as Vithobai in the world premier of The Life to Come by Stephen Fry and Louis Mander (Surrey Opera) and was a soloist and member of the Olivier Award winning ensemble in Porgy and Bess for English National Opera. He also played the Count in Opera North’s Whistle Stop Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro. Upcoming engagements include debuts with English Touring Opera as Mel The Knot Garden and Charles Court Opera as Pish Tush The Mikado.

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Video

YouTube playlist includes:

  • Come Paride vezzoso, L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizetti (recorded 2020)
  • Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, I Puritani, Bellini (recorded 2020)
  • Come Paride vezzoso, L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizetti (live audition recording 2019)

Reviews

“Mvula is every inch Foster’s ‘gracious and bare-limbed boy’…Mvula has a natural grace that is complemented by a rich and appealing baritone.”

Opera Today

“A young baritone who showed real promise, Themba Mvula was elegant, assured and commanding.”

Classical Music Magazine

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