Born in Sweden, Maria Bengtsson studied in Malmo and then in Freiburg in Germany with Beata Heuer-Christen. She made her debut in the Volksoper company of Vienna (2000-2002) and the Berlin Komische Oper (2002-2007) during which period she developped a vast repertoire, particularly under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. In 2009 she returned to the Komische Oper as a guest performer in the title role of Gluck’s Armide having made her Paris debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute the previous year. She has also performed at the Graz Opera (Agathe in Der Freischütz and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte); at the Flanders Opera in Anvers (the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro); at the Schwetzingen Festival in the title role of Niobe by Agostino Steffani; the Baden-Baden Festival as Lisa in Bellini’s La Sonnambula; the Frankfurt Opera ( Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role in Daphne); the Berlin Staatsoper (Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fiordiligi and the title role of Bernstein’s Cunegonde); at Covent Garden in London (Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Fiordiligi and the Countess); the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Pamina and Konstanze); the Bordeaux Opera as Pamina; at the Cologne Opera as Donna Elvira and Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea; Lyon Opera (Donna Anna and Fiordiligi); the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing as Donna Elvira; at the Salzburg Festival as Fiordiligi under the direction of Marc Minkowski; the Royal Opera House of Stockholm as the Countess and at La Fenice in Venice in the roles of Fiordiligi and Donna Anna, a role she also performed at the Berlin Staatsoper and at the Bolshoi Theatre under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and for her debut at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence 2013 with Marc Minkowski. She sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier for the first time in Anvers.
In 2014, she interpreted the role of Elettra in Idomeneo at the Vienna Staatsoper and Fiordiligi at La Scala in Milan. She has also performed in concert with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, at the Musikverein and at the Konserthaus in Vienna, at the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at the Gulbekian Foundation in Lisbon.
Forthcoming roles: Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby by John Harbison) and Donna Anna at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Marschellin in Frankfurt, the Countess in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio at the Theater an der Wien and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw by Britten at the Berlin Staatsoper.