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Second Prize - Bologna International Voice Competition (2018)
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)
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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