Svetlana Shilova studied at St. Petersburg State Conservatoire (professor Konstantin Pluzhnikov).
In 1998-2002, she was a soloist with Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire Opera and Ballet Theatre; in 2002 she made her Bolshoi Theatre debut in the role of Marfa (Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina). Repertoire at the Bolshoi: Spring (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden), Marta, Laura (Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta), Xenia’s Nurse (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov), The Fortune-teller (Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel), Olga (Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin), Polina (Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades), Sonyetka (Shostakovich’s The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Princess Linetta (Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges), Matriosha, Mavra Kuzminichna (Prokofiev’s War and Peace), Nanny, Female street vendor (Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal), Alkonost (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and of the Maiden Fevronia), Lyubasha (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride), Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Carmen (Carmen), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Teresa (La sonnambula), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), The Snow Queen (Banevich’s The Story of Kai and Gerda), Sonyetka (Katerina Izmailova), Mezzo-soprano solo in A Hero of Our Time ballet (Part Bela), Mezzo-soprano/ The Porter/ The King (Nureyev ballet by Demutsky).
Also in repertoire: mezzo-soprano parts in Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Cantata, Khivrya (Mussorgsky’s Sorochinsky Fair), Gertrude (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel), Amneris (Verdi’s Aida), Mort, Pribaoutki and Berceuses du chat (Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol et autres fables). She also performs chamber music.
She tours in Russia and abroad. She appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bonn State Opera, Opera national de Lyon.
She frequently appears at the music festivals: Three Centuries of Russian Romance and Tarusa Winter Svyatoslav Richter Foundation Music Festival, the Chaliapin Opera Festival in Kazan, the Territory Modern Art Festival in Moscow, Opera Festival in Chelyabinsk, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Lincoln Center Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festivals, etc.