Elena Maximova graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and then joined the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, where she performed roles such as Rosina (the Barber of Seville), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) Carmen, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Siebel (Faust), Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann), Charlotte (Werther), Polina (The Queen of Spade), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).
In 2005, she made her Munich Staatsoper debut as Maddalena (Rigoletto) and returned there to sing Federica (Luisa Miller), Carmen, Olga et Suzuki. For the Vienna Staatsoper, she performed Carmen, Maddalena, Eboli (Don Carlos), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Isabella, Marfa (La Khovantchina), Olga, Polina, Blanche (The Gambler), Prince Orlofsky, Suzuki and Charlotte. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden she sang Olga and Carmen, at Metropolitan Opera New York, Olga, Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Polina; and for La Scala, Milan, Carmen, Prince Orlofsky and Polina.
Other projects include Carmen for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) and the Dresden Semperoper, Florence, Valencia, Palermo, Tokyo New National Theatre, the Tel-Aviv, Prague and Muscat Opera houses, Eboli for the Finnish National Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre (St-Petersburg) and Dresden Semperoper, Maddalena for the Paris Opera and Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), Preziosilla (La Forza del destino) in Florence, the Dresden Semperoper, Zurich Opernhaus and Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Olga in Amsterdam, Polina in Rome and at the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Dulcinea (Don Quixote) in Sydney, Hélène Bezukhova (War and Peace) in Geneva, Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Dresden Semperoper, Federica in Hamburg, Fenena (Nabucco) at Teatro Real (Madrid) and Azucena (Il Trovatore) at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin.
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