Themba Mvula

Zambian-born Operatic Baritone

Themba Mvula is a Zambian-born operatic baritone based in the UK.

7:00 PM19:00

Concert of music by Sebastiano Dessanay

New compositions for Solo Baritone and Quartet

Baritone - Themba Mvula

Violin - Dave LePage

Clarinet - Jack McNeill

Piano - Melissa Morris

Double Bass - Sebastiano Dessanay

Sardinian composer and double bassist Sebastiano Dessanay presents ten new compositions written on poems by two Sardinian authors, Pasquale Dessanai, the famous poet from Nuoro, whose centenary from his death occurs in 2019, and Fanny Satta, from Gavoi, who at the age of 100 published a book of poetry in Italian.
Despite the music of Dessanay funds its roots in contemporary music of the twentieth century, is also characterized by a strong melodic sense that on this occasion has been deliberately accentuated in order to enrich and give a further dimension to the texts, in Sardinian dialect and Italian. The chosen poems deal with the most varied topics, from descriptions of landscapes, scenes and situations of Sardinian social life, to more universal themes such as the relationship between two lovers, aging, and death.

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7:30 PM19:30

Porgy and Bess

Composer - George Gershwin

Company - English National Opera

Themba Mvula - Ensemble, Soloist

More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus speciallyformed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’. This is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals. 

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9:00 PM21:00


Company - Asking4It Productions

Composer - Ashley John Long

Librettist - Jane Fox

Preist - Themba Mvula

A multi-layered story about the trade in human beings in a beautiful psychological chamber opera for four voices, harp, oboe, cello and percussion.

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