Russian-American Mezzo-Soprano Mariya Kaganskaya’s recent roles include Teacher in the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the recording of which earned the 2019 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording. For Florida Grand Opera, she has performed Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Charlotte (cover)/Käthchen in Werther, Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, Page in Salome, and Mrs. Rockefeller/Natalia in Frida. She recently performed Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka at Arizona Opera.
Appearances in the 2019-20 Season include Ludmila in The Bartered Bride, Malka in the premiere of Elijah’s Violin, and a debut as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem, as well as a debut with Baltimore Concert Opera. Other recent roles include Olga in Eugene Onegin, Hostess in Boris Godunov, Marta in Iolanta, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, the title role of Serse, La Nourrice in Milhaud's Médée, Mexican Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and Julia Bertram in Mansfield Park.
Ms. Kaganskaya has been a Studio Artist at Florida Grand Opera, an Apprentice Singer at the Santa Fe Opera, a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera, a Mosher Studio Artist at Opera Santa Barbara, and a Young Artist at the iSing International Festival in China. She is an alumna of the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program and the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and earned her MM (’15) and PGD (’16) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.
Recent awards include: Second Place, Henry and Maria Holt Competition (2020), Third Place, Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice (2020), Third Place and Audience Choice, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2020), Winner, Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Competition (2019), Eastern Region winner, NATS Artist Awards (2019), First Place and Audience Choice, Lois Alba Aria Competition (2019), First Place, St. Petersburg Opera Guild Competition (2019), Winner, Butler Opera International Competition (2018), Tier I Bell Encouragement Award, James Toland Vocal Arts Competition (2018), Florida East Coast Chapter Winner, NSAL Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Competition (2018), First Place, Gershwin International Music Competition (2017), Polk Young Artist Award, Orpheus Vocal Competition (2017), Young Artist Award, Pasadena Opera Guild (2016), Third Place, East Bay Opera League Competition (2016), San Francisco District Winner and Western Regional Encouragement Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2015), and First Place/Lotfi Mansouri Award, Pacific Musical Society Competition (2014).
Ms. Kaganskaya is represented by Piper Artists Management.