Bass

Alexey Svetov

In the choir since 2011

Alexey Svetov is a laureate of numerous competitions: the Vocal Auditions for graduates of Russian music universities (Kazan, 2010), the Obukhova All-Russian Vocal Competition (Lipetsk, 2010), the Shtokolov International Competition (Saint Petersburg, 2009) and others. He is also a laureate of the Glinka International Vocal Competition (Moscow, 2009).

Alexey Svetov graduated from the East Kazakhstan College of Art with a specialization in solo vocals (Vyacheslav Tkach’s class). In 2004, he entered the Glinka State Conservatory (Novosibirsk) to study solo vocals in Vladimir Prudnik’s class. He later obtained his master’s degree from the Conservatory.

In 2010–2011, Alexey Svetov was a soloist at the Pushkin Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Nizhny Novgorod). Since 2011, he has been part of the musicAeterna troupe.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE WORLD OF MUSIC?
Everyone in my family has always been keen on singing. I started learning music since the age of 5 — although at first it looked like I was going to be a dancer. I had the ability, and my mother supported me as a choreographer. But then I got into the accordion class at music school, which redefined my future.
WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?
Music is everything I have in life. It is my way of self-expression. On stage, you really get to manifest all your emotions. Through music, you can convey all your thoughts and ideas to the audience.
COULD YOU NAME THREE MUSIC RECORDS THAT YOU WOULD TAKE WITH YOU TO A DESERT ISLAND?
I would take an album by Pavarotti, Mahler’s Symphony no.2, and some recording by musicAeterna.
DO YOU LISTEN TO YOUR OWN RECORDINGS?
I do. Sometimes, I listen to them and cannot believe my ears. I really like the way we sang pieces by Mozart and Brahms. Of course, one can start nitpicking — but in general, I enjoy our recordings greatly.
WHAT PART DO YOU DREAM OF PERFORMING?
In general, I am interested in any lyrical baritone part. But my number one choice would be the entirety of Mozart’s trilogy, of course.

musicAeterna choir events

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
Choir Concert “Pushkin Wreath”

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

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An event of residency

Philippe Hersant
Choral Opera Tristia (2016)

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An event of residency

Dmitri Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Dmitri Smirnov
Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy for mixed choir