Initially self-taught, Florent Mbia joined the voice class of Françoise Petro at the E.N.M.D in Montreuil in 2002 and was awarded First Prize with top honours from the jury in June 2008. He has participated in the masterclasses of several personalities from the world of music, including José Cura, Thomas Moser and Teresa Berganza. In 2009, he won First Prize at the European Opera Forum in Arles, and in February of that year he was awarded three prizes at the Clermont-Ferrand International Singing Competition. A finalist at the International Singing Competition in Strasbourg in 2008, he also won the E.J Marshall (Best Baritone) Prize with Honours at the UFAM Competition in Paris. His roster of roles includes Orphée (Gluck’s Orphée and Eurydice), the Teacher (Kurt Weill’s Der Jasager), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Montano (Otello), and Don Giovanni. He has also performed as a soloist in numerous concerts and oratorios, including Duruflé’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle. He joined the Paris Opera Chorus in 2009.