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.
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.
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.
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
Tony and Tanya Russian song prize.
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.