“The evening, indeed, was rich in deep voice, with Mikhail Svetlov….first rate”
New York Times (Boris Godunov)
“Mikhail Svetlov has found in the Dutchman a part that he can probably franchise into a big career. Besides possessing a bass-baritone of substance size and expressivity, he knows how to stand still and convey anguish and hope with his eyes."
“Outstanding was Mikhail Svetlov’s excellently sung, lithe, insinuating, sarcastic Mephistopheles...
Opera News (Flying Dutchman, Faust)
"...again, the wonderful exciting bass...was marvelous."
The Press, Vienna (Nabucco, Zakharia)
"Russian bass Mikhail Svetlov portrayed the lovable, detestable libertine with straightforward simplicity; his performance was the most successful yet by a male singer in Bass Performance Hall. Presence and voice combined to make a powerful final scene, in which, with the sublime support of Mozart's music, he conveyed the sense of total decadence."
Star-Telegram (Don Giovanni)
"Mikhail Svetlov conquered the diverse audience with his expressive energy and superb interpretation. This authentic singer-actor...captured the enthusiastic applause. It was a real triumph!"
Diario, Mexico City (Mephistopheles)