Svetla Vassileva

Svetla Vassileva appears on many of the world's leading operatic stages in a wide range of roles encompassing the repertoire of Puccini, Mozart, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Hindemith, Verdi, and Weill, among others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Temirkanov, Bruno Bartoletti, and Riccardo Muti. A native of Bulgaria, her past appearances have included performances as Liù (Turandot) with San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and the New Israeli Opera; Violetta (La Traviata) with Florence’s Teatro Comunale and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Alice Ford (Falstaff) at the Teatro Comunale Bologna; and the title role of Cendrillon at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Other career highlights have included Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore) at Washington National Opera and in Genoa; Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Teatro Comunale; Mimì (La Bohème) at La Scala; Micaëla (Carmen) at the Arena di Verona; Desdemona at Rome Opera and in Milan; the title roles of Manon Lescaut and Rusalka in Turin; and Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini with the BBC Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (available on the Chandos label). Sought after by major international houses for her portrayal of Nedda in Pagliacci, the soprano has performed this role with Rome Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Ravenna Festival, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; a DVD recording of Vassileva’s portrayal, opposite Roberto Alagna, is available from Deutsche Grammophon. Her future engagements include productions in Cagliari, Bari, the Torre del Lago Festival, Seattle, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Turin, and London.