Russian bass Mikhail Svetlov makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as the Police Inspector (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).
Svetlov studied piano, choral conducting and singing at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and made his international debut at Wexford Festival, going on to win the Viotti International Music Competition. Engagements include Walter (Luisa Miller) and Banquo (Macbeth) for Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico, Sir Giorgio (I puritani) for Baltimore Opera Company, Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Scarpia (Tosca) for Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Ópera de Bellas Artes, Méphistophélès (Faust) for New Zealand Opera, Varlaam (Boris Godunov) for San Diego Opera, Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) for Opéra de Québec, Nikitich (Boris Godunov) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Zaccaria (Nabucco) for Bolshoi Opera and Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) for Opera Holland Park. He has also sung for companies including Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, with the Bolshoi Opera at La Scala, Milan, and for the Bregenz, Edinburgh, Chaliapin and Arena di Verona festivals.
Concert engagements include the gala Diaghilev in Paris in Boston, Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic and in Kansas City and Detroit, Shostakovich’s symphonies no.13 and no.14 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and recitals at the Smithsonian Institute and the Blue Candlelight Music Series, Dallas. Recordings include Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14 (Virgin Classics).