Biography

Facts

Svetlina is a Bulgarian mezzo-soprano, graduating from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2018, under the tutelage of Clare Shearer. 


From September 2018, Svetlina will be part of the ensemble in 

Vienna State Opera.


Svetlina is part of the Live Music Now scheme through which she carries out regular performaces.  She also performs numerous recitals and is a guest soloist for many concerts throughout the year. 

After winning the prize at Le Grand Prix de l’Opera, Svetlina was invited to spend a week recording with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio.


In November 2017, Svetlina was awarded with the Musicians' Company Silver medal and is part of the Yeomen Programme. She is also a Samling Artist.

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.


Svetlina completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in 2016 at the RCS.

Operatic Roles

Her operatic roles include Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro (Opera de Nice Cote d'Azur; AntheaTheatre) ; 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; Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia; 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

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 

and also 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 

and second prize winner in both 

Governor’s recital prize

 and 

Tony and Tanya Russian song prize


Sponsors & Agents


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


Svetlina is represented by IOA Management.