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Elena Maximova
Mezzo-soprano

Elena Maximova studied music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 2000, She was taken on as a soloist by the Stanislavsky Theatre. Her repertoire embraces numerous roles including Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Paulina (The Queen of Spades), Siebel (Faust), Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino), Despina (Così fan Tutte), the title role of Carmen, and Charlotte (Werther). She has performed with many of the great Russian orchestras under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov and Alexander Dmitriev. She made her Western debut in the role of Maddalena under the direction of Zubin Mehta at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2005—a theatre she would return to in the seasons that followed to perform the roles of Suzuki, Carmen, Olga and Federica (Luisa Miller). She has also sung at the Lyon Opera(Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades), the Berlin Staatsoper (Carmen), the Dresden Semperoper (Carmen), the Saint-Gall Festival (Samson et Dalila, La Favorite, La Damnation de Faust), the Teatro Comunale in Florence (Carmen and La Forza del Destino with Zubin Mehta), the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Carmen), in Tokyo (La Forza del Destino), the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (Eugene Onegin with Mariss Jansons), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Carmen), La Scala in Milan (Carmen), the Helsinki Opera (Carmen, Don Carlos), the New York Metropolitan Opera (Eugene Onegin), London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Carmen), the Vienna Staatsoper (Carmen, Rigoletto, Khovanshchina, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola). She was nominated for a Golden Mask for her performance as Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Stanislavsky Theatre. Elena Maximova also sings in concert under the direction of Lorin Maazel (Verdi’s Requiem at the Palau de les Arts), Kent Nagano, and David Zinman.

Projects: Marfa (Khovanshchina), Blanche (The Gambler), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Maddalena at the Vienna Staatsoper, and Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino) in Dresden.