Russian-American Mezzo-Soprano Mariya Kaganskaya recently created the role of 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.
In the 2019-2020 Season, Ms. Kaganskaya makes virtual debuts with Baltimore Concert Opera, Bronx Opera, and PROJECT [BLANK], and is the the first US-based artist available for virtual gig booking on Lockdown Presents. Pre-lockdown performances included Malka in the premiere of Elijah's Violin.
Upcoming/postponed appearances include Ludmila in The Bartered Bride and a debut as the Mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, as well as a debut with Opera Ithaca.
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, Julia Bertram in Mansfield Park, and Malka in the premiere of Elijah’s Violin. Recent oratorio credits include performances as the Mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Handel’s Messiah.
Ms. Kaganskaya’s training includes residencies with the Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and 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 and PGD at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.
Her recent awards include First Place in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, the St. Petersburg Opera Guild Competition, the Gershwin International Music Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Competition, and the Eastern Region of the NATS Artist Awards; Second Place in the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Competition; Third Place in the Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the East Bay Opera League Competition. She is a Winner of the most recent Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Competition and the inaugural Butler Opera International Competition, as well as the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition and the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the recipient of Encouragement Awards from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition and the Western Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Ms. Kaganskaya is represented by Piper Artists Management.
"This performance is likely to convert all non-opera fans to opera fans, with the energy, personality and musical expression given throughout her four pieces! Mariya took us through the ages, with Handel’s “Ombra Mai Fu” from Serse, Mozart’s “Voi Che Sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro, Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen and then ending with Strauss’s “Sein wir wieder gut” from Ariadne auf Naxos."
"[The Count's] frustration at never getting the better of Cherubino is hilarious, as is Mariya Kaganskaya’s portrayal in the pants-role of the sex-crazed page, her breathless ‘Non so più’ and the lyrical ‘Voi che sapete’ both excellent."
"Russian mezzo Mariya Kaganskaya [...] was a fine Paula. [...] Kaganskaya was persuasively stunned by the apparent loss of Alvaro in the storm, and her singing voice has a firmness and strength to it that was well-suited for Paula."
"As the quarreling married couple, Paula and Álvaro, the mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya and baritone William Lee Bryan, brought out the pathos, pain and disillusionment that their harsh words represented. Late in the opera, when Paula thinks Álvaro has died in a storm, Kaganskaya’s [sic.] sang with solemn passion and luminous tones over eerie orchestral dissonances."
“Mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya was an ambivalent but willing Dorabella, succumbing to the seductive blandishments of a very persuasive Joseph Lattanzi. Both have voices we would describe as creamy-dreamy.”
“Katrina Galka and Mariya Kaganskaya as Clorinda and Tisbe, Angelina’s stepsisters, as well as Stefano de Peppo as their father, Don Magnifico, dove wholeheartedly into the comedy of their characters.”
“Her warm mezzo tones definitely captured the rhetoric of the English text, and I must confess an inability to say whether she was equally attentive to the Russian portion. (I have every reason to believe she was!)”
“The singing from Crystal Kim, Mariya Kaganskaya, and Andres Ramirez was exquisite, the complex nature of their characters’ situations made all the more palpable by the very youth of the singers themselves.”