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.

Recent and future engagements include: Police Inspector Lady Macbeth  for Covent Garden Royal Opera House, Archbishop The Made of Orleans for Odyssey Opera at Jordan Hall, Jacob Rostchild’s Violin for American Symphony at Carnegie Hall,  Dikoy Kátya Kabanová, Archibaldo L’amore dei tre Re and Il Cieco Iris for Opera Holland Park, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra with Kentucky 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, Dodon Golden Cockerel for New Opera NYC.

Previous seasons highlights include: Varlaam Boris Godunov, and roles in  the Nose and Prince Igor Metropolitan Opera; Attila in Verdi’s Attila, Banquo Macbeth, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia and Commendotore Don Giovanni New York City Opera; Mephistopheles Faust Houston Grand Opera, Opera de Bellas Artes, Palm Beach Opera, New Zealand Opera; Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Colon; Ferrando Il Trovatore Salzburg Festspiele; King René Iolanta and Padre Guardiano La forza del destino Opera Holland Park;  Filippo Don Carlo Arizona Opera; Sparafucile Rigoletto, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dikoy Kátya Kabanová Opéra de Montréal, Boris Godunov and Varlaam Boris Godunov, Gremin Eugene Onegin,   Osmin Die Entführung aus dem SerailFlorida Grand Opera, Sir Giorgio I puritani, Ferrando Il Trovatore Baltimore Lyric Opera; Bluebeard Bluebeard’s Castle, Opéra de Québec; Varlaam Boris Godunov, and Abimelech Samson et Dalila San Diego Opera,  Ramfis Aida, Walter Luisa Miller, Banquo Macbeth, Dulcamara L’elisir D’amore, Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Gremin Onegin Teatro De Bellas Artes

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, Montreal, Washington. 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’s 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, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 at the Barbican Hall, London, with Maestro Rostropovich and the London Symphony Orchestra, and also atGstaad Festival,  Edinburgh International Festival, Zaccaria NabuccoTeatro Carlo Felice Genova, Bregenz Festspiele; 

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 Gamblers Delta Music and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery BMG Classics, Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony Virgin Classics, and was Grammy nominated for Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat Koch International Classics, Boris Godunov Deutsche Grammofon,Tchaykovsky’sMade of Orleans BBC Video and Boris Godunov  MET live in HD