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Born in St. Petersburg, Maria Gortsevskaya, mezzo-soprano, graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. She is recipient of the First prize at the Verviers International Competition, Belgium (1995).

Maria Gortsevskaya made her professional stage debut as Fyodor in ″Boris Godunov″ at Mariinsky theatre in the age of 19.

She appeared in addition as Olga, Cherubino, Rosina, Cenerentola, Isabella (″L’Ítaliana in Algeri″), Siebel (″Faust″), and Mercedes (″Carmen″), among others and took part in the Andrei Konchalovsky’s staged production of Prokofiev’s ″War and Peace″.

Maria Gortsevskaya performed with Mariinsky theatre in Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera NY, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA.

Among her most acclaimed portrayals are Dorabella and Rosina. Rosina she has performed in the Dario Fo’s ″Il Barbiere di Siviglia″ conducted by Marco Boemi on tour in the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.

Maria Gortsevskaya has performed Melibea in ″Il Viaggio a Reims″ (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Fyodor in ″Boris Godounov″ (La Monnaie, Brussels), Baba The Turk in ″Rake’s Progress″ (Festival Mozart, La Coruña and Bologna, Calixto Bieto, director), Clarina in ″La cambiale di matrimonio″ by Rossini and Giustizia in ″Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots″ by Mozart (both at Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Mother Superior in ″The Fiery Angel″ by Prokofiev (La Monnaie, Brussels), La Marchesa Clarice in ″La Pietra del Paragone″ by Rossini (Teatro Real, Madrid, cover).

In 2008 she performed Olga in ″Eugene Onegin″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK).

In 2008 - 2009 she also performed Der Hass in ″Armida″ by Gluck (Komische Oper Berlin), and Blanche in ″Igrok″ by Prokofiev (Lyon).

In 2009-2010 she performed  Olga in ″Eugene Onegin″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Orfeo in Gluck's ″Orfeo ed Euridice″ (Cologne), Wellgunde in ″Das Rheingold″ (La Scala, Milano), Dorabella in ″Cosi fan tutte″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden).

Upcoming engagements include among other: Requiem and Coronation Mass by Mozart (The Netherlands), Alto Rhapsody by Brahms (Bolshoi Theater, Moscow), Wellgunde in ″Das Rheingold″ (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin), Wellgunde in ″Die Götterdämmerung″ (La Scala, Milano and Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin).  

Her extended concert repertoire includes works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Pergolesi, Rossini, Haydn, Mozart, Händel, Vivaldi, and Sarti. She gave solo recitals and concerts at the Théâtre du Châtelet, participated in Verdi Gala at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and  White Nights Festival in St.Petersburg (as Antonio in Cimarosa’s ″Cleopatra″) among others.

Maria Gortsevskaya participated in many audio- and video recordings such as ″War and Peace″ and ″Fiery Angel″ for Philips-Classics, and ″Cosi fan tutte″ for Euro Radio with the Latvian National Opera and ″La Cambiale di matrimonio″ for Dynamic (Rossini Opera Festival). Upon an invitation of film director Tony Palmer, she participated in the shooting of ″Parsifal″ with Placido Domingo in the main part.

Since 2008 Maria Gortsevskaya lives in Germany.

Last update: 1.03.2011

Read also: Maria Gortsevskaya: From St. Petersburg into the world (″Orpheus″)
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