Mikhail Svetlov

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Bass Mikhail Svetlov’s career began at Wexford Festival Opera, and has since performed at many leading houses internationally.

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Mikhail Svetlov | Working on the role of Varlaam | Boris Godunov | Mussorgsky | San Diego Opera

Aled Hall & Mikhail Svetlov | Flaminio & Archibaldo | L’amore dei tre Re | Opera Holland Park

Mikhail Svetlov | Bluebeard | Bluebeard’s Castle | Bartók | Opéra de Québec

Mikhail Svetlov | Giorgio | I Puritani | Bellini | Baltimore Lyric Opera

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, where his roles included the title role in 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, Galitsky Prince Igor, and the Gusli player The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh.

Previous seasons highlights include Zaccaria Nabucco (Bregenz Festspiele; Arena di Verona); Mityukha covering Varlaam Boris Godunov, and roles in the Nose and Prince Igor (Metropolitan Opera); the title role in Verdi’s Attila, Lorenz in the U.S première of Mathis der Maler, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, Banquo Macbeth, and Commendatore 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 Staasoper); Sparafucile Rigoletto (Hamburg Staatsoper; Opéra de Montréal); Ferrando Il Trovatore (Salzburg Festspiele); Archibaldo L’amore dei tre Re, King René Iolanta, and Padre Guardiano La forza del destino (Opera Holland Park); Timur Turandot, Gremin Eugene Onegin, and Filippo Don Carlo (Arizona Opera); Sparafucile Rigoletto, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dikoy Kátya Kabanová (Opéra de Montréal); the title role and Varlaam Boris Godunov, Gremin Eugene Onegin, and Dikoy Kátya Kabanová (Florida Grand Opera); Sir Giorgio I puritani, Ferrando Il Trovatore (Baltimore Lyric Opera); Fafner Das Rheingold, Ramfis Aida, Walter Luisa Miller, Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opera de Bellas Artes, Mexico); Bluebeard Bluebeard’s Castle, and Archibaldo L’amore dei tre Re (Opéra de Québec); Varlaam Boris Godunov, and Abimelech Samson et Dalila (San Diego Opera); Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Atlanta Opera); and also at Teatro alla Scala; Santa Fe Opera; Teatro Colon.  

Mr Svetlov is well known for his interpretation of Verdi's Messe de Requiem having performed at leading venues internationally in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Montreal, and throughout the USA. Further performance on the concert platform have seen him sing with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, RAI Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra.

Recent engagements include Dikój Katya Kabanova, Il Cieco Iris, and Archibaldo L’amore dei tre Re for Opera Holland Park; Fiesco Simon Boccanegra with Kentucky Opera; Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo for the Caramoor Festival; the title role in 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.

Future engagements include the Police Inspector Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which marks his debut for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; King Raimondo Isabeau and King Rene Iolanta for Opera Holland Park; and Yakov Rothschild’s Violin with the American Symphony Orchestra. 

Mikhail Svetlov is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management worldwide.
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