Themba Mvula

Zambian-born Operatic Baritone

Themba Mvula is a Zambian-born operatic baritone based in the UK.

 "A Papageno of great charm" (Opera Magazine July 2014)

Themba Mvula is an operatic baritone based in the UK. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, and was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize during his time there. Performed roles include Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Ensemble OrQuesta), Escamillo Carmen (Rogue Opera), Schaunard La Bohème (The Black Cat Opera Company), Leporello Don Giovanni (Berwick Festival Opera), Sid Albert Herring (Harrow Opera), Bartley Riders to the Sea (City Lit Opera), and Papageno The Magic Flute (Midland Opera Company).

Keen on performing new works, Themba created the role of ‘Vithobai’ in The Life to Come, an opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry (Surrey Opera, 2017). He has also performed the role of 'The King' in ‘i’ - The Opera (James Oldham and Klara Kofen) at Wandsworth Arts Fringe (Waste Paper Opera), and 'Young Man' in Cry of the Double Bass (Sebastiano Dessanay) at Tête à Tête. In March 2018 he sang in the World Premiere of Wake by Giorgio Battistelli, directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company). 

Recent concert engagements include Handel’s Saul and Judas Maccabaeus, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Fauré's Requiem, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Themba is also an experienced choral singer and sang with Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore for a number of years.

Themba is passionate about working with young people and community groups too and has helped deliver a range of projects with Birmingham Opera Company, ENO Baylis, Welsh National Opera and Ex Cathedra. He is also musical director of Lichfield Gospel Choir, a group he has led for over eight years.