Prize-winner at the International Competition Competizione dell’Opera (Uzbekistan, 2014, 3rd prize), the Russian soprano Maria Bayankina has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers since 2010.
In February 2013, she made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Tsaritsa Militrisa in The Tale of Tsar Saltan, then as Violetta in La traviata under Valery Gergiev.
Her further repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes roles such as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), and Rusalka (Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák), just to name a few.
Under the direction of Larisa Gergieva, Ms Bayankina sang in concerts at leading European venues in Milan, Rome, Bari, Stockholm, Venice (Teatro La Fenice), Vienna (Odeon Theater), Saint-Tropez, Cannes and London (Wigmore Hall) among other cities.
In the 2015/2016 season, she performed the main part in the premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Idiot at the Mariinsky Theatre.
This season, she incorporated the leading role of Nastasya in David Pountney’s production of the opera The Enchantress with the soloists of the Academy at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
The singer regularly appears at the Moscow Easter Festival, the Stars of the White Nights festival, and the Denis Matsuev’s festivals Stars on Baikal, Crescendo and Denis Matsuev & Friends.
In the season 2017/2018 she will be heard at big stage of Mariinsky Theater as Volkhova in Sadko, as Nastasya Filippovna in Der Idiot, als Tatiana in Eugen Onegin, Imogene in Il Pirata and Tsaritsa Militrisa in The tale of Tsar Saltan by Rimsky-Korsakov.