Mikhail Svetlov (Ramfis)
Celebrated Russian bass and international opera star Mikhail Svetlov is known for the unique range and beauty of his voice as well as for his outstanding acting ability. He studied piano, choral conducting and graduated as a singer from Moscow Conservatory
. His international career began with a successful debut at the Wexford Festival. Since winning the prestigious Viotti International Competition, praised for his rare technique in the Bel Canto style, Mr. Svetlov was immediately admitted to the permanent troupe at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, as a principal soloist. He has performed with the Bolshoi for more than a decade including international debuts at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Milán’s Teatro alla Scala, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He is the first Russian bass ever to perform the title roles in Don Giovanni and The Flying Dutchman. Mr. Svetlov has won two Telerama Awards and was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for his recording of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. He has performed in the most renowned venues like the Britten, Gstaad, Edinburgh, Salzburg Festivals under M. Rostropovich and Y. Menuhin, C. Abbado, Arena di Verona, Hamburg Stadtsoper, Houston, San Diego, Florida Grand Opera. His recordings of the world premieres of Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight and Alexander Serov’s Judith were honored by the Telerama Awards in France. He is well known for his performances of Verdi’s Requiem throughout the world, including Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, and Montreal. Mikhail Svetlov performs frequently with Houston Grand Opera as Mephistopheles in Faust, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Dikoy in Katya Kabanova, with L’Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Boris Godunov and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with the Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Svetlov has appeared with New York City Opera in the portrayal of Verdi’s Attila, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Bohème, Banquo in a new production of Macbeth and Lorenz in the United States premiere of Mathis der Maler.