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, where he was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize (2006), and received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2008. After devoting several years to conducting and teaching, he returned to singing. In September 2017 he starred as ‘Vithobai’ in the world premiere of The Life to Come (Louis Mander & Stephen Fry) with Surrey Opera. He has performed Schaunard (La Bohème) with The Black Cat Opera Company, ‘The Gentleman’ (The Waiter’s Revenge) with Birmingham Opera Company, Sid (Albert Herring) with Harrow Opera, and Papageno (The Magic Flute) with Midland Opera.

Other performed roles include Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Hel Helson (Paul Bunyan), Publio (la Clemenza di Tito), Bartley (Riders to the Sea), Le Fauteuil and Un Arbre (L’enfant et les sortilèges), and he has also performed with Opéra de Baugé as part of the chorus for their 2017 season.

In 2015 he took part in a masterclass with internationally renowned director Graham Vick, having previously worked with him on Birmingham Opera Company’s world premier production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht. He has also taken part in masterclasses with the Italian mezzo soprano Fiorenza Cossotto in Bologna at the International Opera Academy For Young Artists.

Recent concert and oratorio engagements include Handel’s Saul, Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus; Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and Mass in B Minor; Mozart’s Requiem; Haydn’s Creation; Finzi’s In Terra Pax; and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Themba is also an experienced choral singer, having sung with Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore for a number of years.