B i o g r a p h y
Bulgarian Mezzo Soprano, Svetlina Stoyanova, was born in Sofia. She sung in the Children's Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio for 9 years. She trained in the UK, obtaining a Bachelor degree with Honours and two Masters degrees (Vocal Performance in 2016 and Opera in 2018) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Clare Shearer.
In 2016 Ms Stoyanova was awarded 3rd Prize and highest ranked female singer in Le Grand Prix de l’Opera, and was subsequently invited to record with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017 she was awarded 1st prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition.
Following her competition success, Svetlina Stoyanova was invited by Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur and Anthéa Theatre to perform Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and the leading role of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for the Bregenz Festival.
Svetlina Stoyanova joined the Vienna State Opera as a soloist for seasons 2018/19 and 2019/20. She made her house debut as Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos) and also performed the roles of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Roßweisße (Die Walküre) and Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), among others. She also appeared in guest performances of the Vienna State Opera as Cherubino at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg and as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Tonhalle, Düsseldorf.
With the Ensemble Matheus, conducted by Maestro Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Svetlina Stoyanova made her role debut as Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri), touring in France.
In the summer of 2020, Svetlina Stoyanova made her role debut as Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy.
Since then, Svetlina Stoyanova has debuted at important opera houses and festivals, such as the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Zurich Opera House. She is particularly associated with Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where she has sung roles such as Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro), Zulma (Italiana in Algeri) and Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos).
After a successful debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Ruggiero (Alcina), the following projects are scheduled for the current season:
Angelina (Cenerentola) in Latvian National Opera, Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro) in Staatsoper Hamburg, Beppe (L'amico Fritz) in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) at Zurich Opera House.
In addition to Opera, Ms Stoyanova is an experienced recitalist and has performed at the Musikverein, Vienna with pianist Stephen Hopkins; the Wigmore Hall, London and at the International Festival Sofia Music Weeks. She has sung in Matinées and concert performances for the Vienna State Opera. Svetlina Stoyanova has also performed in the Live Music Now series at Usher Hall, Edinburgh and for the Edinburgh Festival.
Her repertoire includes Angel in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, which she has performed with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Svetlina was honoured to sing Dvořák’s Mass in D Major in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Bregenz Festival.
Svetlina Stoyanova was distinguished in Forbes Bulgaria in the ranking "30 under 30" for the year 2019 and in 2020 she received the prestigious "Certificate for contributing towards the popularization of Bulgarian culture around the world" from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Mrs Stoyanova's awards also include the 2019 Daniel Froschauer Award and The Silver Medal (Musician’s Company Award). She is a former Samling Artist, and was an 2017/2018 Independent Opera Scholar and Fellow.