Honoured Artist of Russia.
Svetlana Volkova studied music at the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 1974 after graduating, she joined the Maly Musorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet (today the Mikhailovsky Theatre), where she appeared as Natasha (Rusalka), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Zemfira (Aleko), Maria Stuart (Slonimsky's Maria Stuart), Katherina (The Taming of the Shrew) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Svetlana Volkova became a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre in 1990.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Naina (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Olga (The Maid of Pskov)
Tsaritsa (Christmas Eve)
Larina (Eugene Onegin)
Pauline (The Gambler in concert)
Fata Morgana (Love for Three Oranges)
Sonya (War and Peace)
Plyushkin (Dead Souls)
Marsellina (Le nozze di Figaro)
Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde)
Fricka (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre)
Herodias (Salome) among others
The singer's recordings include the operas Aleko (Melodiya), Eugene Onegin (at the Metropolitan Opera with Dmitry Hvorostovsky), War and Peace (Philips Classics) and a solo CD called Mirage of Love.
Svetlana Volkova has performed lead roles in the films La belle Hélène (Telefilm), Aleko (with Aleko performed by Yevgeny Nesterenko; Lenfilm) and Perikola (Lenfilm).