MIKHAIL SVETLOV – bass
The voice of bass Mikhail Svetlov has been described by “The Washington Post” as a Titanic, all encompassing, penetrating.
Mikhail Svetlov graduated from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. Since winning the Viotti International Voice Competition in Italy he was admitted to the permanent troupe of the Bolshoi Theater as a principle soloist.
He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat; received the Telerama Award in France for world premier recording of Rachmaninoff’s ‘The Miserly Knight’ and Serov’s ‘Judith’ on Le Chant du Monde.
Mr. Svetlov has been an acclaimed guest at many of the world’s opera companies, festivals and orchestras including:
Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Arena di Verona, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Atlanta Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische State Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, L’Opera de Montreal, Opera de Bellas Arte, New Zealand Opera, Teatro Colon, Teatro Alla Scala with Bolshoi Theatre; Wexford Festival, Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festspiele, Gstaad Festival, Holland Park Opera Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Britten Festival (UK); The Chaliapin Festival (Russia), London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Filarmoniker, Royal Scottish Orchestra, State Symphony orchestra of Russia, American Symphony Orchestra, RAI Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony.
Some recent highlights include: Performances with the Opera de Bellas Artes as Walter in Luisa Miller and Banquo in Macbeth, Baltimore Opera as Giorgio in I Puritani, recital with the Smithsonian Institution, Shostakovich Symphonies 13 and 14 with the Royal Scottish Orchestra, Abduction from Seraglio and Scarpia in Tosca with Atlanta Opera, Opera de Bellas Artes, Florida Grand Opera, Faust with New Zealand Opera, Varlaam in Boris Godunov with San Diego Opera, Archibaldo in L’amore Dei Tre Re and Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle with Quebec Opera, the Verdi Requiem in Detroit and Kansas City and in Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic, Mozart and Salieri with Saint Paul Orchestra, and, in 2010 Padre Guardiano in La Forza Del Destino with Holland Park Opera Festival in London, Zaccaria in Nabucco with Bolshoi Opera, Chaliapin Opera Festival in Russia, a recital at the Blue Candle Light Festival in Dallas, a Gala concert for Day of Russia in New York, a Gala concert Diaghilev in Paris in Boston, and recording of the Russian Mighty Five composers for Naxos. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010-11 as Nikitiuch in the new production of Boris Godunov.
His discography also includes: Shostakovich’s #14th Symphony on Virgin Classics, Shostakovich’s ‘The Gamblers’ on Delta Music, and ‘Betrothal in a Monastery’ on BMG.
Conductors: Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Nello Santi, Roberto Abbado, Hans Graf, Aleksander Lazarev, Vladimir Ashkenasi, Richard Bonynge, Aleksander Vedernikov, Frubek de Burgos.