New Opera NYC presents "Best of Opera" - opera concert featuring two outstanding singers: legendary bass of Bolshoi Theater Mikhail Svetlov and one of the world's foremost dramatic sopranos Anna Shafajinskaia. The program of the evening features everybody's favorite opera numbers including scenes from Puccini's operas Turandot and Tosca.
Canadian/Ukranian soprano Anna Shafajinskaia gained international recognition when she was invited to appear as Tosca opposite Luciano Pavarotti, as a result of her winning the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition; Winner of 14 National & International Vocal Competitions. The winner of the Best Debut Artist Award at NYCO. Nominated for Maria Callas Award in Dallas. Anna Shafajinskaia has emerged as one of the most important young dramatic soprano of our time. Her debut in "TURANDOT" with WNO was called "A sensation" (Rodney Milnes "The Times", "Opera") and her Princess Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, being praised as "reminiscent of Callas" (Matthew Connolly "The Times") "She sings with great assurance and truly imperious quality that few achieve" ("Opera" magazine, London/UK)
Bass Mikhail Svetlov's international career began at Wexford Festival Opera, since which time he has performed at many leading houses worldwide. Known for the unique range, beauty, and penetrating dark timbre of his voice, as well as his outstanding acting ability, Mr. Svetlov's early career saw him work as a company principal at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Previous seasons highlights include Zaccaria, Nabucco (Arena di Verona; Teatro Carlo Felice Genova); Mitiuka covering Varlaam, Boris Godunov, and roles in The Nose and Prince Igor (Metropolitan Opera,); Grand Inquisitor, Don Carlo (Deutsche Oper Berlin; Bayerische Staasoper); Sparafucile, Rigoletto (Hamburg Staatsoper; Opéra de Montréal); Ferrando, Il Trovatore (Salzburg Festspiele); Zaccaria, Nabucco (Bregenz Festspiele), Scarpia in Tosca (Atlanta Opera); and also at Teatro Alla Scala; Santa Fe Opera; Teatro Colon; Florentine Opera; and Fort Worth Opera.