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Themba Mvula

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Escamillo
Carmen (Bizet)
Rogue Opera
2018
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Ensemble OrQuesta
2018
Vithobai
The Life to Come (Louis Mander)
Surrey Opera
2017
Leporello
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Rocket Opera
2017
Schaunard
La Bohème (Puccini)
The Black Cat Opera Company
2017
Publio
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Opéra de Baugé
2017
Aeneas
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music
2017
Hel Helson
Paul Bunyan (Britten)
Opera Anglia
2017
Publio
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Kent Opera
2017
Marco
Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini)
Scheggino Opera, Umbria, Italy
2016
Sid
Albert Herring (Britten)
Harrow Opera
2016
Gentleman
The Waiter's Revenge (Stephen Oliver)
Birmingham Opera Company
2015
Le Fauteuil, Un Arbre
L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
City Lit Opera School
2015
Bartley
Riders to the Sea (Vaughan-Williams)
City Lit Opera School
2015
Count Almaviva
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Scheggino Opera, Umbria, Italy
2015
Guglielmo
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
City Lit Opera School
2015
Papageno
The Magic Flute (in English) (Mozart)
Midland Opera
2014
Figaro
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Hand Made Opera
2013

Operetta/G&S

Counsel
Trial by Jury (Sullivan)
Maldon Festival Opera
2017

Chorus

Ensemble, Chorus
Wake (Giorgio Battistelli)
Birmingham Opera Company
2018
Chorus
La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor (Rossini, Donizetti)
Opéra de Baugé
2017

Oratorio/Concerts

Christus
St John Passion (Bach)
The Stondon Singers
2018
Baritone solo
Requiem (Fauré)
Heart of England Singers
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
Judas Maccabaeus (Handel)
Solihull Chandos Singers
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
The Creation (Haydn)
Heart of England Singers
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
Mass in B Minor (Bach)
Maldon Festival
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Wrekin College
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
In terra pax (Finzi)
Chelmsford Cathedral
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan Williams)
Chelmsford Cathedral
2016
Saul
Saul (Handel)
Halesowen Choral Society
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Concord College, Acton Burnell
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
St Matthew Passion (Bach)
St. Mary's, Maldon
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
St John Passion (Bach)
St. Mary's, Maldon
2015
Bass / Baritone soloist
A German Requiem (Brahms)
St. Peter's, Sutton Coldfield
2014
Christus
St Matthew Passion (Bach)
Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Symphony Hall
2013
Bass / Baritone soloist
Mass in C (Beethoven)
All Saints, Cawthorne
2014
Bass / Baritone soloist
Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
St. Mary's, Shrewsbury
2015
Bass / Baritone soloist
Magnificat (Bach)
Church Stretton School
2014
Bass / Baritone soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
St. Peter's, Harborne
2014

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Papageno

Sid

Sid & Nancy

Sid & Nancy 2

Competitions

Gordon Clinton English Prize (2006)

Themba Mvula has a firm baritone which carries with authority but also warmth and charm (Brian Hick, Hastings and St. Leonards Observer) (2018)

…and gave good support to the show’s star, Themba Mvula. A young baritone who showed real promise, he was elegant, assured and commanding. (Michael White, Classical Music Magazine) (2017)

Mvula is every inch Forster’s ‘gracious and bare-limbed boy’ in sarong or nakedness. [He] has a natural grace that is complemented by a rich and appealing baritone (Claire Seymour, Opera Today) (2017)

The African chief is sung with elegance and grace by Themba Mvula, a young British baritone I’d call a real find (Michael White, Catholic Herald) (2017)

Themba Mvula as Vithobai was the stronger of the pair, his lyrical voice shone with tone and emotion and he fully engaged and convinced his own personal confusion and patience (Eric Page, Gscene) (2017)

Themba Mvula is convincing as the trusting Vithobai. Here the contrast is between Vithobai’s kingliness and his naivety, and Mvula’s remarkable vocal range is well demonstrated in making this distinction. (Thomas Forsythe, Mark Aspen) (2017)

Themba Mvula was notably engaging as an energetic Schaunard (Andover Advertiser) (2017)

Themba Mvula, who plays Paul Bunyan’s foreman, shows off a rich baritone (Tom Stell, Varsity) (2017)

...and a Papageno of great charm from Themba Mvula (Christopher Morley, Opera Magazine) (2014)

City Lit Opera School
City Lit
2014–2015
BMus Hons, Vocal & Operatic Studies
Birmingham Conservatoire
2004–2008

Themba Mvula is an operatic baritone based in the UK. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, and was winner of the Gordon Clinton English Song Prize during his time there. Performed 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).

Keen on performing new works, Themba created the role of ‘Vithobai’ in The Life to Come, an opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry (Surrey Opera, 2017). He has also performed the role of '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 sang in the World Premiere of Wake by Giorgio 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 also an experienced choral singer and sang with Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore for a number of years.

Themba is passionate about working with young people and community groups too and has helped deliver a range of projects with Birmingham Opera Company, ENO Baylis, Welsh National Opera and Ex Cathedra. He is also musical director of Lichfield Gospel Choir, a group he has led for over eight years.

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