The distinguished bass Mikhail Svetlov is known for the unique range and beauty of his voice as well as his outstanding acting ability, his voice was described by the Washington Post as a “Titanic, all encompassing, penetrating”.
Mr.Svetlov’s international career began with a successful debut at the Wexford Festival. Since winning the prestigious Viotti International Competition, praised for his rare technique in the belcanto style, Mr. Svetlov was immediately admitted to the permanent troupe of the Bolshoi Theater as a principle soloist. Mr.Svetlov was nominated for a Grammy Award for Stravinsky’s recordings and received the Telerama Award for recordings of the world premiere of Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knightand Serov’s Judith for Le Chant du Monde.
He has been an acclaimed guest with many of the world’s opera companies, festivals and orchestras, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Arena Di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische State Opera, Teatro Colon, Salzburg, Bregenz Festspiele, Santa Fe Opera Festival, also Zaccaria in Nabucco with Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice andArena di Verona. With London Symphony, under M. Rostropovich, Mr.Svetlov performed Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony in Barbican Center in London.
Mr. Svetlov has appeared with New York City Opera in the title role of Attila in Verdi’s Attila, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Bohème, Banquo in a new production of Macbeth and Lorenz in the United States premiere of Mathis der Maler. Mr. Svetlov frequently performs Mephistopheles in Faust with the Bolshoi Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Opera de Bellas Artes, Palm Beach Opera, New Zealand Opera, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Dikoy in Katya Kabanova with L’Opera de Montreal, the title role of Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov ,Prince Gremin in Eugeny Onegin, Osmin in Abduction from Seraglio with Florida Grand Opera, Giorgio in Puritani with Baltimore Opera.
In the past seasons, he has performed Walter in Luisa Miller, Osmin in Abduction from Seraglio and Banquo in Macbeth with the Opera de Bellas Artes, debut with Santa Fe Opera, 13th and 14th Symphonies by Shostakovich with the Royal Scottish Orchestra, Archibaldo in Lamore Dei Tre Re and Padre Guardiano in la Forza Del Destino with Holland Park Opera in London Haydn’s Pauken Messe, Mozart Requiem and Shostakovich program with Houston Symphony at Carnegie Hall .Debut at the MET in Boris Godunov production , Bluebird in Bluebird Castle with Opera de Quebec. Production of Aleko by Rakhmaninov with Mr. Svetlov as Aleko was First Prize Winner of the 2013 National Opera Association.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Abimelech in Samson and Delilah with San Diego Opera, semi-staged opera Judgment of Midas with Milwaukee Opera World Premiere. Don Carlos with Caramoor Festival, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra with Kentucky Opera, Zaccaria in Nabucco with Naples Opera, new production of Prince Igor at the MET, King Rene in Iolanta withNew Opera NYC , Salieri in Mozart and Salieri with Commonwealth Lyric Opera Boston, Recital at Slavyanka Festival in San Francisco, Recital at Grand Guild in Riga, Latvia, Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov and Don Basilio in Barber of Seville in Chaliapin Opera Festival in Russia.