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“Making fine impressions along the way is also mezzo-soprano [Mariya] Kaganskaya whose Polina [...] sings a sad ballad that features her clear, wonderfully deep tones followed by a merrier dance that offers wonderful contrast of style. [...] Kaganskaya returns with Sarah Benzinger to draw one of the night’s biggest rounds of applause as they play Shepherd Milovzor and Shepherdess Prilepa, respectively, singing in robust melodies a playlet that [...] reflects the storyline of the greater opera”
- Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys , May 2022
“Mezzo Mariya Kaganskaya was an engaging Madam Larina [...] she seemed to relish her part.”
- William Ford, EarRelevant, April 2022
“Mariya Kaganskaya [...] brought a rich mezzo to Beppe’s soulful interventions.”
- David Shengold, OPERA Magazine (London), February 2022
“In the trouser role of the gypsy violinist Beppe, Mariya Kaganskaya pleased with her vivacity and her plummy mezzo.”
- Eric Myers, Opera News, December 2021
"Sandman Mariya Kaganskaya and Dew Fairy Megnot Toggia are lovely in their roles"
- Barbara Adams, Ithaca Times, December 2021
"I wish 'L’Amico Fritz' had more Beppe. Mascagni gave some of the most interesting music to the fun and amusingly melodramatic gypsy who mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya brought to life."
- Chris Ruel, OperaWire, November 2021
“As Beppe, Russian-born mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya revealed a striking earthy timbre [...] Kaganskaya has potential for more dramatic mezzo repertory.”
- Eli Jacobson, Parterre box, November 2021
“Mariya Kaganskaya did a lovely job with her aria.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, November 2021
"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."
- Fiona Veitch. musicstories.co, April 2021
"Mariya Kaganskaya was perfectly cast as Auntie Malka, with her rich mezzo-soprano voice and portrayal of mature wisdom."
- Deon Neilsen Price, Journal of the International Alliance for Woman in Music, November 2019
"Mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya excelled in the dual roles of haughty Mrs. Rockefeller and fed-up Natalia Trotsky."
- Carly Gordon, Schmopera, March 2019
"Mariya Kaganskaya se ganó sus aplausos como Mrs. Rockefeller y Natalia Trotsky."
- Daniel D. Fernández, El Nuevo Herald, March 2019
"Mezzo soprano Mariya Kaganskaya does a wonderful job as Cherubino with her impish smile and on stage athleticism."
- Jack Gardner, Outclique Magazine, February 2019
"[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."
- David M. Rice, Classical Source, January 2019
"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."
- Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Arts Paper, May 2018
"Kaganskaya brought a full and vibrant mezzo to the stage [...] Kaganskaya delivered her aria with heartfelt believability."
- Steve Gladstone, miamiartzine, May 2018
"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."
- David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review, April 2018
“The Herodias (Elizabeth Bishop), Page (Mariya Kaganskaya), Jews and Nazarenes were all excellent.”
- Jean-François Lejeune, Opera News, April 2018
“... mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya enacted competently the Page in love with Narraboth.”
- Palm Beach Arts Paper, February 2018
“Mariya Kaganskaya showed a sizable mezzo as Herodias's Page.”
- Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review, January 2018
“Mariya Kaganskaya […] showcased her luscious tone as a Teacher lecturing on the importance of the ensō during Jobs’ brief stint at the Reed College.”
- Arya Roshanian, OperaWire, August 2017
“Smaller roles were admirably conveyed by […] mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya (as a calligraphy teacher)…”
- James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican, July 2017
“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.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, April 2017
“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.”
- Deanna Skaggs, April 2017
“Galka’s Clorinda and Mariya Kaganskaya’s Tisbe kept the laughs coming.”
- Maria Nockin, Opera Today, April 2017
“[T]he soloists didn’t hold back, launching full throttle into the performance, pouring the emotion of each song out through their posture, expressions, and voices.”
- Stephanie Liebold, Travelcraft Journal, February 2017
“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!)”
- Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, October 2016
“Mezzo-soprano Mariya Kaganskaya made a fine Innkeeper with a lovely voice and stage presence.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, August 2016
“… Mariya Kaganskaya […] delighted the crowd with a pathos-filled delivery of “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Bizet’s Carmen.”
- Yoshi Kato, downbeat.com, April 2016
“… Kaganskaya was focused as Iolanta’s caretaker, Marta.”
- Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice, April 2016
“A gala concert featured impressive, mature performances by […] mezzo Mariya Kaganskaya, top winner in the ages 19-25 category…”
- Janos Gereben, San Francisco Examiner, December 2014
“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.”
- Rob Bailis, March 2014
“Mezzo Mariya Kaganskaya’s lordly Mme. Pernelle fluted away like some magnificently plumed bird.”
“Several longer numbers were especially effective. Kaganskaya shone in her sometimes fatuous, sometimes scolding praise of Tartuffe.”
- Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice, December 2013
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