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Svetlov, Mikhail - Bass

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Svetlov, MikhailBass
Svetlov, MikhailBass
Svetlov, MikhailBass
Svetlov, MikhailBass

Biography

Bass Mikhail Svetlov’s international career began at Wexford Festival Opera, since which time he has performed at many leading houses worldwide. Known for the unique range, beauty, and penetrating dark timbre of his voice, as well as his outstanding acting ability, Mr. Svetlov’s early career saw him work as a company principal at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where his roles included Boris Godunov (Boris Godunov), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Saltan (The tale of Tsar Saltan), Mephistopheles (Faust),  Zaccaria (Nabucco), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Sobakin (The Tsar’s Bride), Dodon (Le coq d’Or), Dosifey (Khovanshchina), King René (Iolanta), Mendoza (Betrothal in a Monastery, Teatro Alla Scala), Galitsky (Prince Igor).
 
Among his present and future engagements are Police Inspector (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in Covent Garden, King Raimondo (Isabeu by Mascagni) in Opera Holland Park.
 
Recent engagements include Archibaldo (L’amore dei tre Re) and Il Cieco (Iris) for Opera Holland Park, Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) with Kentucky Opera, Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo) for the Caramoor Festival, Zaccaria (Nabucco) with Naples Opera, Boris Godunov (Boris Godunov), and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Chaliapin Opera Festival, Russia, and Stravinsky’s Le Noces with the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, Rome.
 
Previous seasons highlights include Zaccaria (Nabucco) – Arena di Verona, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, covering Varlaam (Boris Godunov) and roles in the Nose and Prince Igor at Metropolitan Opera, New York, Attila in Verdi’s Attila, Banquo (Macbeth), Lorenz in the U.S première of Mathis der Maler, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Banquo, and Commendotore (Don Giovanni) at New York City Opera, and many others all around the world.
 
Mr. Svetlov is well known for his interpretation of Verdi’s Messe de Requiem having performed at leading venues internationally in Royal Albert Hall, London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Montreal, and throughout the USA. Further performance on the concert platform have seen him sing with Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’ Paukenmesse, Mozart Requiem and a Shostakovich program with Houston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Shostakovich Symphonies No’s. 13 & 14 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Schostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 at the Barbican Hall, London, with Maestro Rostropovich and the London Symphony Orchestra, and also at the Royal Albert Hall, Gstaad Festival, Switzerland, and the Edinburgh International Festival.
 
Svetlov’s discography includes the world première of Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight and Serov’s Judith (Le Chant du Monde), for which he received a Telerama Award; Shostakovich’s The Gambler (Delta Music) and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery (BMG Classics), Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony on (Virgin Classics), and was Grammy nominated for his recording of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat (Koch International Classics).