Soprano Svetlana Kasyan was born in Georgia and graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2011. In 2010 she won Second Prize in the Feodor Chaliapin International Singing Competition, and in 2011 she won First Prize at the 5th China International Vocal Competition, and participated in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program at Washington National Opera. Svetlana then became a member of the Bolshoi Young Singers Academy for three years, where her roles included title role, Tosca; Kuma, The Enchantress; Fata Morgana, The Love for 3 Oranges and Kupava, The Snow Maiden.
Since leaving the Bolshoi Theatre Svetlana has made many important debuts, including her debut at Teatro La Fenice as Cio-Cio-San, Madama Butterfly in 2013 and at Theater St Gallen as the title role in Tosca in 2016, a role she repeated for her house debut at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma at the start of this season. Svetlana’s other roles have included Elisabetta, Don Carlos for Teatro Regio di Torino; Amelia, Un ballo in maschera for Dorset Opera; title role, Tosca for Vilnius City Opera; Odabella, Attila for Teatro Comunale di Modena; and the title role, Manon Lescaut for Teatro Regio di Torino. She has worked with conductors including Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Frizza, Omer Meir Wellber, and Aldo Sisillo.
Svetlana’s concert repertoire has included Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Verdi’s Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem, with orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Slovenská Filharmónia and Berliner Philharmoniker.
Following her debut in Rome at the start of the 2017/18 season, Svetlana also appears in Il Trittico at I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, makes her role debut as Lisa, Pique Dame in a special performance dedicated to Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Krasnoyarsk State Opera under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski, and makes her house debut at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara as Giorgetta, Il Tabarro, and as the title role in Suor Angelica.