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 second prize 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), 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).

Also keen on performing new works, Themba created the lead role ‘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 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 passionate about opera outreach work and has helped deliver a range of projects with Birmingham Opera Company, ENO Baylis and Welsh National Opera. He is also musical director of Lichfield Gospel Choir, a group he has led for over eight years.

Themba is looking forward to singing with English National Opera in the Autumn of 2018 as part of the chorus for their productions of Porgy & Bess and War Requiem.