Vassileva, Svetla - Soprano

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Vassileva, SvetlaSoprano
Vassileva, SvetlaSoprano
Vassileva, SvetlaSoprano
Vassileva, SvetlaSoprano


Svetla Vassileva appears on many of the worldʹs leading operatic stages, including ROH Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, NCPA Beijing, New National Tokyo Theatre, Sydney Opera Theatre, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Washington Opera et al. A native of Bulgaria, Dobrich, born on September 9, 1965, Svetla Vassileva graduated in The Academy of Music in Sofia.

Svetla Vassileva performed in a wide range of roles encompassing the repertoire of Puccini, Mozart, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Hindemith, Verdi and Weill working with conductors such as Bruno Bartoletti, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, George Pretre, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Daniel Oren, Yutaka Sado, Jeffrey Tate, and Yuri Temirkanov.

She has acclaimed as Mimì­ at La Scala of Milan, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and conducted by Gustave Dudamel, Suor Angelica, directed by Ronconi and conducted by Chailly. Svetla had a great experience singing La Traviata under the direction of Marta Domingo and right after she started a big collaboration with the biggest tenor of our days, Plácido Domingo, concerts all around the world, I Pagliacci, conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Liliana Cavani, La Traviata and I Pagliacci at ROH Covent Garden.

For many years she has collaborated with Maestro Bartoletti, with whom she has sung I Pagliacci at Chicago Lyric Opera and Genova, Giovanna d'Arco and Otello at Festival Verdi Parma, Die sieben todsünden, directed by Hugo de Ana in Macerata, and Cardillac, directed by Liliana Cavani in Genova. She obtained a wonderful reviews of public and critics for her emotional interpretation of Madama Butterfly all around the world, i. e. Arena di Verona directed by Zeffirelli, Sevilla, San Francisco conducted by Luisotti, La Bastille-Paris directed by Bob Wilson, Wiener Staatsoper, and Teatro San Carlo in Naples conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. 

She had one of her biggest recognitions with Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai at Opera Bastille in Paris directed by Giancarlo del Monaco. Her latest successes are Tosca at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in Bari, Andrea Chénier in Bari and Trieste, the debut in Aida in Genua, and the reprise of Gomes’ Lo Schiavo for the opening season of Cagliari. She has sung Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Lorin Maazel at Festival Verdi (Parma, Jerusalem, and Masada), Rossini's Stabat Mater at La Scala of Milan with Chailly, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in Bologna with Gatti, and Die vier letzten lieder by Strauss for the inauguration of the new airport in Mahon. 

Her discography includes CD & DVD recordings: Le nozze istriane by Smareglia (live from Trieste; CD), Aleko and Francesca da Rimini by Rahmaninov with BBC Orchestra (CD), Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai (CD), Pagliacci (with Roberto Alagna; DVD), Pagliacci (with Plácido Domingo; DVD), Giovanna D’Arco (DVD), La Traviata (DVD), Falstaff (DVD), and Ernani (DVD) with Montecarlo Opera.
Svetla Vassileva concert performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in Bologna with Daniele Gatti, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma with Yuri Temirkanov, Rossini's Stabat Mater conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Lorin Maazel in Parma. Svetla Vassileva is a special guest in Andrea Bocelli’s concerts and world tours in Europe and USA.