Russian-born dramatic mezzo-soprano Svetlana Furdui made her Carnegie Hall debut with Maestro Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride in March of 1995, and was subsequently invited back later that year by the Opera Orchestra to sing the role of Clotillde in Norma. The following year, she made her Dallas Symphony debut singing Tchaikovsky's Moscow Cantata, conducted by Andrew Litton and recorded for the Delos label, a performance for which she received widespread critical acclaim.
Svetlana, a Master of Music from Moscow's High Theatrical Institute, has excelled in roles from the Russian repertoire. They have included Pauline in Pique Dame, Olga in Evgeni Onegin, Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Marina in Boris Godunov. She’s also played Verdi roles with much success, including Eboli in Don Carlo, Azucenta in Il Trovatore, Maddalena in Rigoletto, and especially as Amneris in Aida. She has performed this last role in five productions, most recently in Boulogne-sur-mer, France. Svetlana's operatic engagements have taken her from Dnepropetrovsk Opera in Ukraine and the Alma-Ata Opera House in Kazakhstan to the Spoleto Festival in Italy. In America she has played the Bard Festival in New York, the Baltimore Opera, the Delaware Opera and other companies throughout the United States.
First prize winner of the Oratorio Society of New York, Svetlana has also won the UJA Federation of New York, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the Wagner Society of New York, the Queens Opera Vocal and the Naomi Music competitions. She was a finalist in the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna and the Di Capo Opera Theatre Vocal Competition in New York.
Ms. Furdui has appeared in recitals and concerts at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, the Trinity series, the St. Paul's series, and numerous other venues in the metropolitan New York area.