Composer Opera Role
V. Bellini La Sonnambula Lisa
V. Bellini  La Sonnambula Amina*
C. Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Yniold
G. Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Gianetta
G. Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Norina*
G. Donizetti La fille du régiment Marie*
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Taumännchen/Sandmännchen
J. Massenet Werther Sophie
W.A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Barbarina
W.A. Mozart Cosi fan tutte Despina
W.A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte Papagena
W.A. Mozart Don Giovanni Zerlina*
W.A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Susanna*
W.A. Mozart Der Schauspieldirektor Madame Herz*
G.B. Pergolesi La serva padrona Serpina
G. Puccini La boheme Musetta*
J. Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Olympia*
G. Rossini La cenerentola Clorinda
G. Rossini L’italiana in Algeri Elvira*
G. Rossini Il viaggio a reims Contessa di Folleville
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Adele
R. Strauss Arabella Fiakermilli
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta*
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Najade
G. Verdi Un ballo in maschera Oscar
G. Verdi Don Carlo Voce dal cielo
G. Verdi Rigoletto Gilda*
G. Verdi Falstaff Nanetta*

*not yet sung on stage


Maria Nazarova

The coloratura soprano Maria Nazarova has quickly made her mark at the Vienna State Opera since joining as an ensemble member in the 2016/17 season. She caused a sensation as Adele in the 2017 New Year’s Eve festive performance of Die Fledermaus, an annual centerpiece of the house’s calendar, which led to an invitation to substitute in the same role at La Scala in February 2018. Following this successful house debut, she was engaged for a major role at the historic Milanese house during the 2019/20 season. Other upcoming engagements outside Vienna include her imminent debut at the Salzburg Festival this summer, as Papagena in a new production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In 2020/21, she will make her house debuts at the Opéra national de Paris and the New National Theater Tokyo.

The up-and-coming Russian singer has appeared in many diverse roles at the Vienna State Opera, including Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Sophie (Werther), Lisa (La sonnambula), Despina (Così fan tutte), Clorinda (La cenerentola), and Fiakermilli (Arabella), to name but a few. She has not only appeared in repertory works but also been cast in important new productions, notably as Yniold in last year’s new staging of Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande. In May 2017, she was invited to sing alongside Plácido Domingo at his 50th Stage Anniversary Gala hosted by the Vienna State Opera, where she appeared as Oscar.

The exciting young artist was born in 1988 in Dnepropetrovsk (former USSR), and started taking piano and voice lessons at the age of four.  At the age of seventeen, she entered the Russian Academy of Theater Arts in Moscow, where she studied theater and singing. After graduating with distinction in 2010, she enrolled at the Salzburg Mozarteum, studying with Professor Elisabeth Wilke. In 2013, she obtained her MA in vocal performance (specializing in Baroque music) with distinction, and also studied Lied and Oratorio with Professor Breda Zakotnik.  She was the recipient of a scholarship from the Hübel Foundation Salzburg in 2012.

After graduating with honors from the Salzburg Mozarteum she furthered her studies at the Vienna Conservatory, where she performed the roles of the Contessa di Folleville in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims and Serpina in Pergolesi's La serva padrona. In 2014, she debuted at the Vienna Volksoper as the Taumännchen in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and was invited to perform the role of Gretel in Vilnius, Lithuania with the Lithuania State Symphony Orchestra.

Following her studies at the Vienna Conservatory, Maria debuted as Lisa in a 2015 production of Bellini’s La sonnambula at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany. In February 2016, she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Maria Nazarova is a winner of multiple international competitions, with her awards including First Prize at the 2014 Les Azuriales Young Artists Competition in Nice, France, and First Prize at the 2015 Primo Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino.


April 1, 2019

Maria Nazarova debuts as Musetta at the Wiener Staatsoper

Soprano Maria Nazarova will make her role debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Wiener Staatsoper this Thursday, April 4th at 19:30!
Conducted by:  Ramón Tebar, Stage Direction by: Franco Zeffirelli
Additional Performance on April 8th

February 8, 2019

Maria Nazarova sings in the Ensemblematinee of the Wiener Staatsoper

Soprano Maria Nazarova, member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper will be singing in the Ensemblematinee in Mahler-Saal 5 this Sunday February 10th.

October 10, 2018

Soprano Maria Nazarova returns to the Bolshoi as Despina on October 10!

Young star of the Vienna State Opera, Russian soprano Maria Nazarova returns to the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow to sing Despina in W.A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.  Later this month she appears at the Vienna State Opera as Oscar in Verd’s un ballo in maschera on October 24, 27, and 30th.

July 24, 2018

Soprano Maria Nazarova makes her debut at the Salzburg Festival on July 27th in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte!

The young Russian soprano Maria Nazarova, young star of the Vienna State Opera, will debut her first role at the Salzburg Festival, Papagena, in the new production of W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute directed by Lydia Steier and conducted by Constantinos Carydis. Premiere: July 27th with additional performances July 31, August 4, 7, 15, 24, 30.

January 31, 2018

Soprano Maria Nazarova makes house debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Soprano Maria Nazarova makes her house debut at Teatro alla Scala in Strauß’s Die Fledermaus singing three performances of Adele on Jan 31, Feb 2nd and 4th.

December 8, 2017

Soprano Maria Nazarova debuts Fiakermilli and Adele at the Vienna State Opera!

Young Russian soprano Maria Nazarova makes a role debut of Fiakermilli in Richard Strauss’ Arabella at the Vienna State Opera on December 14 (additional performances:  18, 21 December) and Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on December 31 (additional perf. 3 Jan), which will be livestreamed by the Vienna State Opera.