About Svitlana

The mezzo-soprano Svitlana Slyvia (Slyvyanchuk) was born and raised in Ukraine. At the age of 6 she received lessons on piano and in 1998 she began her vocal training with Prof. Igor Kushpler at the Lviv Conservatory (Lviv National Musical Academy, M. Lsenko), Ukraine. During her studies, Slyvia performed the Fidalma in Domenico Cimarosa's 'Il matrimonio segreto' and also the young lady in Mykola Lysenko's 'Notturno' at the opera house in L'viv.

In 2004 Svitlana Slyvia studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (University for music and theater) in the class of Prof. Renate Behle. Through various pacademic projects Slyvia performed the Marcellina in Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro' (Wetzlar, Germany), the Mother Maria in Francis Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' as well as the Prince Orlowsky in Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' (Hamburg, Germany).

Svitalana Slyvia attended a master class with Turid Karlsen, Laura Sarti, Nina Hinson, Adina Aaron, Guillermo Dominiguez, Dieter Schweikart and Romeilia Lichtenstein and received important and valuable artistic input.

In 2009, after graduation, Slyvia gave successful guest performances at the opera house Kiel, Germany, and performed the Popova in William Walton's 'The Bear' and at the Landestheater Neustrelitz she performed the Carmen in Georges Bizet's 'Carmen'. In November 2009 she made successful debuts at Staatsoper Hamburg (Opera stabile) by the perfomances of 'Der Trommler' (drummer girl) in Victor Ullmann's 'Der Kaiser von Atlantis', which she also performed in 2010 at Staatsoper Hanover. In the same year Slyvia sang the role of Betty in 'Le Bal' by Oscar Strasnoy. In 2012 and 2013 she sang the second lady in Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' and Fenena in Verdi's 'Nabucco' at the 'Neue Eutiner Festspiele' in Eutin, Germany. Slyvia also performed the Fenena at the Volksoper Rostock and the Halle Opera House, Halle (Saale), both Germany.

In the 2010/2011 season Svitlana Slyvia was employed at the 'Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater' as a soloist. After her debut in the role of Fenena in 'Nabucco' she also sang the roles of Mignon in Amboise Thomas's 'Mignon', Maria Bellacanta in the children's opera 'Hexe Hillary geht in die Oper' by Peter Lund, Agricola in 'Eine Nacht in Venedig' by Johann Strauss, Miss Marmelladoff in Heinrich Sutermeister's 'Raskolnikoff', Lady Beaconsfield in Frank Wildhorn's Musical 'Jekyll and Hyde', Rosina in 'The Barber of Seville' by Rossini, Erma in 'Anything Goes' by Cole Porter, Leokadja Begbick in Kurt Weill's 'Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny', Dulcinée in Jules Massenet's 'Don Quichotte', Suzuki in Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly', Hermia in Benjamin Brittons 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Larina in Tschaikowsky's 'Eugen Onegin', Prince Orlowsky in 'Die Fledermaus' by Johann Strauss, Alisa in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' by Gaetano Donizetti, Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Sunset Bouevard', and The Lady in 'Cardillac' by Paul Hindemith. 

Slyvia sang in various gala programmes in Hamburg, Eutin and Neubrandenburg and sang the solo parts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and also in Verdi's 'Messa da Requiem'.

She won the third prize in the '25th International Robert Stolz Viennese Operetta Award' in 2010 and was a finalist at the '16th International Competition for Opera Singers - Ferruccio Tagliavini' in Austria. 

Svitlana Slyvia received various scholarships from the Brahms-Stiftung, the Otto-Stöterau-Stiftung and the 'Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung'.

From 2015/16 Slyvia is employed as permanent member of ensemble at the Halle Opera House (Halle (Saale), Germany) where she has already made her successful debut in the role of the Duchess in Peter Tschaikowsky's 'Piqué Dame' in 2014. In the upcoming season Slyvia is performing the role of Carmen in Georges Bizet's 'Carmen' and is also performing the role of Principessa in 'Adriana Lecouvreur' by Francesco Cilea.