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 while at secondary school in North Wales. He went on to study at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize, and more recently was runner-up in the Bologna International Vocal Competition 2018. Roles include The Millworker Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Birmingham Opera Company, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Ensemble OrQuesta, Escamillo Carmen for Rogue Opera, Peter Hansel and Gretel for Opera InThe Meantime, Schaunard La Bohème for The Black Cat Opera Company, Sid Albert Herring for Harrow Opera, and Papageno The Magic Flute for Midland Opera. In 2017 he starred as Vithobai in the world premiere of The Life to Come by Stephen Fry and Louis Mander for Surrey Opera. He was also a soloist and member of the Olivier Award winning ensemble in Porgy and Bess for ENO and Dutch National 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.