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Vuyani Mlinde


  • An alumnus of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Vuyani Mlinde began his training with Wilhelm Theunissen at the Free State Musicon, South Africa. He won a scholarship on the Opera Queensland Young Artists’ Programme, and a full scholarship for study at the Royal College of Music, and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. He was the 2007 recipient of the coveted Clonter Opera Prize, and finalist in the prestigious Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Germany.

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  • In September 2010 Mlinde joined the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt. Since then he has performed roles in their productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Die Zauberflöte, Murder in the Cathedral, Tosca, Medeé, L’amico Fritz, The Makropoulos Case, and The Rake’s Progress. While on the Jette Parker programme Mlinde’s performances included Zaretsky Eugene Onegin with Jiří Bělohlávek, Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West under Antonio Pappano, Cappadocian Salome with Philippe Jordan, Tutor Elektra under Mark Elder, Count Ceprano Rigoletto with Daniel Oren, 4th Elder Lohengrin with Semyon Bychkov and Tom Un ballo un maschera with Maurizio Benini as well as Leporello Don Giovanni in the end of year showcase under Rory Macdonald.

    Operatic roles elsewhere have included Sparafucile Rigoletto, Bonze Madama Butterfly, Angelotti Tosca, Leporello and Commendatore Don Giovanni, Colline La bohème (ROH), Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin, Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea, Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, Doctor Pelléas et Mélisande (Independent Opera), Palemon Thaïs and Tchelio The Love for Three Oranges (Grange Park Opera), and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte (Opera Oviedo). In 2012 he made his debut with Houston Grand Opera as Colline in La bohème.

    On the concert platform, Mlinde’s performances have included Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Residentie Orkest under Neeme Järvi and with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the UK, Germany, Paris and Madrid; Haydn Creation at the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Pisa Festival under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons; Mozart Die Zauberflöte under Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival; Handel La Resurezzione with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh; opera arias by Mozart and Verdi at a gala concert with the NDR Orchestra of Hamburg; Doctor Macbeth with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival; Bach Magnificat at De Doelen, Rotterdam, with Concerto Copenhagen and a Rosenblatt Recital in London’s St John’s, Smith Square. Recent concert highlights for Mlinde include performances with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Baltic Sea Festival in Die Zauberflöte, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Jakub Hrůša and the Prague Philharmonia; Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.

    Mlinde’s recordings include the role of Licinio in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira for Opera Rara with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Maurizio Benini (released September 2012), and Mocenigo in Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro also with Opera Rara, for commercial release in early 2013 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

    In Frankfurt he appeared in the company’s new productions of Enesco’s Oedipe, his debut as Alidoro La Cenerentola, Telemann’s Orpheus, Colline La bohème, Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, and Alessio La Sonnambula.

    In the 2015/16 season, Mlinde makes his debut as Donner Das Rheingold and Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as reviving Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro, and Machinist The Makropoulos Case.

    2015-16 season / 571 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Opera highlights

Palemon Thaïs; Tchelio The Love for Three Oranges
Grange Park Opera

Sarastro Die Zauberflöte
Opera Oviedo

Doctor Pelléas et Mélisande
Independent Opera

Colline La bohème
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Houston Grand Opera

Le nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Murder in the Cathedral, Medeé, L’amico Fritz, The Makropoulos Case, La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, The Gambler, The Rake’s Progress
Oper Frankfurt

Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West, Cappadocian Salome, Tutor Elektra, Count Ceprano Rigoletto, 4th Elder Lohengrin, Tom Un ballo un maschera, Leporello Don Giovanni
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Opera repertoire

Rodolfo La Sonnambula

Manservant Lulu

Doctor Pelléas et Mélisande

Palemon Thais

Seneca, Seneca’s Friend L’incoronazione di Poppea

Mozart Sarastro, 2nd armoured man Die Zauberflöte
Leporello, Commendatore Don Giovanni
Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro
Publio La clemenza di Tito

Tchelio The Love for Three Oranges

Timur Turandot
Colline La bohème
Angelotti Tosca

Strauss, R.
Tutor Elektra
La Roche, Major Domo Capriccio
Second Nazarene Salome

Prince Gremin, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin

Monk, Flemish Deputy Don Carlos
Sparafucile, Count Ceprano Rigoletto
Tom Un Ballo in Maschera
Ferrando Il Trovatore
Banquo Macbeth
Lodovico Otello
Pietro Simon Boccanegra

Fourth Edler Lohengrin
Grail Knight Parsifal

Concert repertoire

Arias St Matthew Passion

Symphony No.9

Stabat Mater*

Messe Solennelle De Sainte Cecile


Symphony No.8*

C Minor Mass*

Petite Messe Sonelle
Stabat Mater


When Vuyani Mlinde is on stage, you don't take your eyes off him: the timbre of voice and vividness of performance demand attention.


The soloists’ beautiful, unaffected voices, precise enunciation and balanced singing were very impressive... Mlinde’s clear bass voice is capable of a great variety of tone colours which he displayed in his portrayal of tiger, lion, horse, fish, and, of course, the worm. As Adam, he convincingly expressed his feelings for Eva with velvety timbre...

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