Hailed for her "rich mezzo" (OPERA Magazine), Mezzo-Soprano Mariya Kaganskaya has recently appeared with companies including The Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Omaha, West Bay Opera, Opera Ithaca, Opera Santa Barbara, and Teatro Grattacielo. Favorite roles include Charlotte (Werther), Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina/Milovzor (Pique Dame), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and the title role of Serse.
Ms. Kaganskaya has previously been featured on recordings including To The Western Sea: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, in collaboration with composer Elinor Armer, and in the role of Teacher in the recording of the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which earned the GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording.
Her recent awards include First Place in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the St. Petersburg Opera Guild Competition, the Gershwin International Music Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Competition, and both the Eastern and Southeastern Region of the NATS Artist Awards. She has also earned top awards from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Competition, the Butler Opera International Competition, the Pasadena Vocal Competition, the Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice, the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the East Bay Opera League Competition, the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Competition, and the Western Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
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