Maria Guleghina

Soloist, Soprano
She was born on 09/08/1959 in Odessa, Ukraine (then USSR). She studied at the Odessa Conservatory with Evgeny Nikolaevich. She first appeared in 1985 at the State Opera in Minsk as Iolanta (1985) and at Milan’s La Scala as Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) next to Luciano Pavarotti (1987). She collaborated with La Scala in fifteen new productions. In 1991 she first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York City as Maddalena de Coigny (Andrea Chénier). She sings roles from the Italian romantic repertoire for dramatic sopranos, mainly specializing in Verdian roles such as: Aida, Leonora (Il trovatore and Oberto), Elvira (Ernani), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Abigaille (Nabucco), Violetta (La traviata), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Desdemona (Otello), Odabella (Attila), Gulnara (Il corsaro), etc. She has also distinguished herself as Tosca and Turandot, as well as Manon Lescaut, Norma, Fedora, Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Maddalena de Coigny (Andrea Chénier) and Lisa (The Queen of Spades). She appears in major opera houses internationally, including: the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Arena di Verona, London’s Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera House of New York City (over one hundred performances), San Francisco, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, etc. She has collaborated with distinguished soloists (Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, José Cura) and conductors (Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado). She has won numerous awards, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and has a rich humanitarian action. She collaborated once with the GNO, performing the role of Abigaille (Nabucco, 2006-07). // Last update of the biography: March 2020 - The list of the productions below is complete.