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. Born in Zambia, he discovered his passion for classical music at secondary school in North Wales. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where he was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize, and more recently was awarded second prize in the Bologna International Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in the inaugural By Voice Alone competition. Roles include Belcore L’elisir d’amore for Into Opera, Assan The Consul for WNO, The Millworker Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Birmingham Opera Company, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Ensemble OrQuesta, Peter Hansel and Gretel for Opera InThe Meantime, Escamillo Carmen for Rogue Opera, Schaunard La Bohème for The Black Cat Opera Company, Sid Albert Herring for Harrow Opera, and Papageno The Magic Flute for Midland Opera. He was a soloist and member of the Olivier Award winning ensemble in Porgy and Bess for ENO and Dutch National Opera. And in 2017 he starred as Vithobai in the world premiere of The Life to Come by Stephen Fry and Louis Mander for Surrey Opera.

In addition to performing Themba has enjoyed working on a range of education and community projects with organisations including ENO Baylis, WNO and Birmingham Opera Company as part of his commitment to opera outreach.

Upcoming engagements include Brandon The Elixir of Love for King’s Head Theatre.