The russian coloratura soprano Maria Nazarova has quickly made her mark at the Vienna State Opera since joining as an ensemble member in the 2015/16 season. She caused a sensation as Adele in the 2017 New Year’s Eve festive performance of Die Fledermaus, an annual centerpiece of the house’s calendar, which led to an invitation to substitute in the same role at La Scala in February 2018. Following this successful house debut, she was engaged for a major role at the historic Milanese house during the 2019/20 season. Other upcoming engagements outside Vienna include her imminent debut at the Salzburg Festival this summer, as Papagena in a new production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In 2020/21, she will make her house debuts at the Opéra national de Paris and the New National TheaterTokyo.
Since joining the ensemble in Vienna, she has appeared on the mainstage in many roles, including Oscar, Sophie (Werther), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Despina, Yniold in the new production of Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Najade, Fiakermilli, Clorinda, Barbarina and Papagena.
In February 2016 she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow as Despina.
Maria was born 1988 in Dnepropetrovsk (USSR) and started taking piano and voice lessons at the age of 4. At the age of 17, Maria entered the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow where she studied theater and singing. After graduating with distinction in 2010 she enrolled at the Salzburg Mozarteum, studying with Prof. Elisabeth Wilke. In 2013 she obtained her MA in Vocal Performance (specializing in Baroque music) with distinction and also studied Lied and Oratorio with Prof. Breda Zakotnik. She was the recipient of a scholarship from the Hübel-Foundation Salzburg in 2012.
After graduating with honors from the Mozarteum Salzburg she furthered her studies at the Vienna Conservatory, where she performed Contessa di Folleville in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims and Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona. In 2014 she was a First Prize winner at the Les Azuriales Young Artists Competition in Nice, France. The same year she celebrated her debut at the Vienna Volksoper as Taumännchen in Humperdinck's Hänsel and Gretel and was invited to perform the role of Gretel in Vilnius, Lithuania with the Lithuania State Symphony Orchestra.
After her studies at the Vienna Conservatory, Ms. Nazarova debuted as Lisa in Bellini's Sonnambula at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany.
Ms. Nazarova is a winner of multiple international competitions and was awarded among others First Prize Winner of the 2015 Primo Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino.