Svilen Nikolov was born on 18th May 1979. He finished National School of Arts ‘Dobri Hristov’ in his native city of Varna. He studied violin and opera singing. In 2002 he got an M.A. degree in opera singing at the State Music Academy ‘Pancho Vladigerov’ in the class of Prof. Konstantsa Vachkova.
When still a student, he started performing on the stage with the Instructional Opera Theatre – joint productions with State Music Theatre ‘Stefan Makedonski’. The part of Papageno in The Magic Flute by Mozart he played on the stages of Opera Burgas ,Opera Stara Zagora ,Opera Plovdiv (in Bulgaria) ,and many opera stages in Germany and Spain.
“…Papageno (Svilen Nikolov) played off all the comedy of his life as a lovable chap, with his Papagena into a beautiful pendant on this gorgeous performance…” - Susanne Haase-Muehlbauer for “General Anzeiger” – Bonn ,Germany
“…Papageno and Papagena, presented by Svilen Nikolov and Daniela Karaivanova conquered quickly with beautiful voices and carefree playing style as the two children of nature, fascinate the hearts of the audience…” – Heinrich Schrag for “Salzgitter Zeitung” – Salzgitter ,Germany
Svilen also has performed in concerts and opera productions in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, South Korea, United Arab Emirates
2003 – Laureate of the Seventh International Festival-Competition ‘Hopes, Talents, Masters’ in Albena, Bulgaria
2003 – Laureate of the National Competition for Young Opera Singers ‘Katya Popova’, Pleven, Bulgaria
Since May 2004 Svilen Nikolov has been a soloist with Opera Varna. His repertoire includes Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), Rodrigo di Posa (Don Carlo), Sharples (Madame Butterfly), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Almaviva (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberfloete), Belcore (Elixir of Love), Lord Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) and others.