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. Winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize while studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, and runner-up in the Bologna International Vocal Competition 2018, his roles include Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Ensemble OrQuesta), Escamillo Carmen (Rogue Opera), Schaunard La Bohème (The Black Cat Opera Company), Sid Albert Herring (Harrow Opera), and he was a soloist in ENO’s production of Porgy and Bess.

Also keen on performing new works, he created the role of ‘Vithobai’ in The Life to Come, an opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry (Surrey Opera, 2017). He played '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 performed in the World Premiere of Wake (Battistelli), directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company). 

Recent concert engagements include Fauré's Requiem, 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, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Themba is committed to opera outreach and has worked on education and community projects with organisations including ENO Baylis, Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Opera Company. He is also musical director of Lichfield Gospel Choir, a group he has led for over eight years.