Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre. Maria was born in Munich. The marriage of her mother, a famous russian actress Ludmila Maksakova to the foreigner Peter Igenbergs, was a very untypical event for the Soviet Union of those days.
She began to study music from the age of 3 and aged six she enrolled at the piano department of the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Conservatoire.
At the age of 17 she joined the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music. Maria also attended master-classes. She went to Italy to study under Katya Ricciarelli (on completing her studies with Ricciarelli she made her debut at Parma Opera House) and Miwako Matsumoto (she appeared several times in concerts in Tokyo, Cagliari etc with her). Her other teachers include: Gianfranco Pastine, Zurab Sotkilava (with whom Maria went on tour to the Russian towns of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don and Tver and sang in concerts in Moscow). Maria graduated from the Academy with a red diploma (honors). For her opera studio work, her interpretation of the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, she won the Moscow Opera Festival 2000 prize for best debut.
Evgeny Kolobov invited her to join Moscow New Opera where from 2000 to 2006 Mariya sang many leading roles.
In 2003 Maria became Bolshoi Theatre guest soloist. Since then Maria began to work on her roles with a brilliant operatic performer, soloist of Bolshoi theatre, Honored Artist of Russia Badri Maisuradze.
2006 -2011Maria Maksakova has been a soloist at Moscow’s Helikon-Opera. She has appeared as The Princess in Antonin Dvorzhak’s The Mermaid, Rosina in II Barbiere di Siviglia, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Especially successful was the role of Ekaterina the Great in Tuchmanov's opera «Tsaritsa». (Maria is the first interpretor of this part). Performed in the Great Kremlin Hall.
Maria became soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company since 2011. Her repertoire at the theatre includes
Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte),
Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro),
Frugola (Il tabarro),
The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos),
Nicklausse (Les contes d'Hoffmann).
The plans for comming season:
Carmen Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni),
Eboli (Don Carlos).
19 September 2012 Maria performed in the Grand Conservatory Hall a new Russian opera Giselle (composer — A. Zhurbin).
In summer 2013 she performed one of leading roles in the World premiere Rodion Schedrin’s opera «Levsha» (conductor — Valeriy Gergiev). «The rape of Lucretia» (Female chorus), Mariinsky theatre (2013).
Maria sang the duet with Aleksander Gradsky on the Opening part of «Universiada-2013» in Kazan.
Maria also plays in films, here are some examples: The Barber of Siberia (director Nikita Mikhalkov), Fame (director Vladimir Zaykin), The Magnats (director Dmitry Cherkasov), Savva (director Evgeny Gerasimov), Photographer (director Olga Subbotina) etc.
She graduated from the Vyacheslav Zaytsev School of Modeling. In 2002 Lancome selected her for their projects in Russia. Maria is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.
Now Maria widely expands her concert geography, takes part in many international projects: Recital in Musikverein (Vienna), recently she sang a concerts in Helsinki and Tokyo. Maria moderates a popular weekly TV show» Romance of a romance».
R.Strauss «Ariadne auf Naxos»
G.Verdi «Don Carlos»
W.A.Mozart «Don Giovanni»
W.A.Mozart «Cosi fan tutte»
W.A.Mozart «Le nozze di Figaro»
J.Offenbach «Les Contes d’Hoffmann»
H.Berlioz «Les Troyens»
G.Rossini «Il Barbiere di Seviglia»
G. Donizetti «Anna Bolena»
G.Verdi «La forza del destino»
S.Prokofiev «War and Piece»
M.Musorgsky «Boris Godunov»
B.Britten «The Rape of Lucretia»
R.Shchedrin «The Enchanted Wanderer «
G.F. Handel Messiah (HWV 56)
For the coming season:
R.Strauss «Der Rosenkavalier»
P.Mascagni «Cavalleria rusticana»
P.Tchaikovsky «The Quenn of Spades»