Biography

Facts

Svetlina is a Bulgarian mezzo-soprano, who is currently a soloist in the ensemble in Vienna State Opera. 


A 2018 graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Svetlina gained a Masters of Opera as well as a Masters and Bachelor of performance.  She earned these whilst under the tutelage of Clare Shearer. 

Svetlina also performs numerous recitals and is a guest soloist for concerts throughout the year. She was a member of the Live Music Now organisation that was founded by Yehudi Menuhin. Through this scheme she performed many concerts and recitals bringing classical music to a wider audience, this included work within schools, hospitals, care home and for veterans. 

In November 2017, Svetlina was awarded with The Musicians’ Company Silver Medal and is part of their Yeomen programme. Svetlina is also a Samling artist and a recipient of the Independent Opera Fellowship.

Early Life

Svetlina sang in the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National radio with the foremost musical academic in Bulgaria Hristo Nedyalkov for 9 years.  As the main soloist of the choir she embarked on concert tours around many European and Asian countries.  She has sung for the Japanese Crown Prince, the President of Bulgaria and many other influential people.  Svetlina was also invited to sing at a Christmas charity concert organised by Countess Esther de Pommery in Switzerland.



Operatic Roles

Her operatic roles include  Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro (Vienna State Opera, Opera de Nice Cote d'Azur; AntheaTheatre) ; Dryade, Ariadne auf Naxos (Vienna State Opera);  Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bregenzer Festspiele); Nerone, Agrippina (New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow); Veronique, Le docteur Miracle (Fox Opera); Mother, Mavra (Alexander Gibson Opera Studio).

 

She has also performed in part Octavian, Der Rosenkavalier; Man Friday, Robinson Crusoe; Dorabella, Così fan tutte ; Annio, La clemenza di Tito ; Lucretia, The Rape Of Lucretia ; Frau Reich, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor ; Juno, Semele  and others.

Recent Concert Performances

  • Concert performance of 'Le nozze di Figaro'  in the role of Cherubino  with Vienna State Opera at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie
  • Mahler's Symphony No.4 with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Angel in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with Scottish Opera Orchestra 
  • Recital as part of the International Music Festival Sofia Music Weeks.
  • Opera Gala with Stirling Orchestra
  • Beethoven Mass in C major;  Vivaldi Gloria, with Scottish Opera Orchestra and City of Glasgow Chorus.
  • Guest Soloist with Glasgow Philharmonic Male Choir. 
  • R.V. Williams Serenade to Music, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.
  • Vivaldi Gloria, with the Academy of Sacred Music.
  • Gleneagles Gala Concert with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Beethoven Scottish Songs,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Beethovens 1808 Academy Concert.
  • Usher Hall Edinburgh Recital  through Live Music Now Scotland. 



Competitions


First prize winner of the 2017 

Neue Stimmen Competition 


Second prize in the 

Ye Cronies Opera competition.


 In 2016, she won 3rd prize in  

Le Grand Prix de l’Opera 

and was the highest ranked female singer.


First prize winner of the 

Elgar/Spedding Memorial Lieder competition 


Second prize winner in both 

Governor’s recital prize

 and 

Tony and Tanya Russian song prize


Sponsors


Svetlina is very grateful to Live Music Now Scotland and the Wilson family for their support. Further support also  from the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, RCS Trust scholarship, Independent Opera Voice Scholarship & Fellowship and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Star Award.