The amazing career of the young, Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska exemplifies a fast rise to international success. A graduate of the J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, she studied with Prof. A. Garanča, and made her operatic stage debut in 2003 at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, her native city, in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Later that year she performed at the International Opera Festival in Sigulda, and was also awarded a scholarship to study in Italy with renowned soprano Mirella Freni, a collaboration that remains fruitful.
In 2004 Ms. Kovalevska won both the Riccardo Zandonai First Prize at the International Competition for Opera Singers in Riva del Garda, and the Latvian Grand Music Award.
2006 saw the start of Ms. Kovalevska’s international career with her portrayal of Don Giovanni’s Donna Elvira in both Verona and Reggio Emilia, Italy. The production was directed by D. Abbado and received acclaim from both audiences and critics. Later that year Ms. Kovalevska sang the part of Mimì in La Bohème at the Palau de les arts Valencia, and won First Prize at the Plácido Domingo Operalia – World Opera Competition.
Ms. Kovalevska’s debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York occurred in December 2006, also playing Mimì in La Bohème. Her performance elicited an invitation to return the next season for the Met’s new production of Orfeo ed Euridice, conducted by James Levine. Ms. Kovalevska’s future collaborations with the MET include engagements through 2014.
The Salzburg Festival saw Ms. Kovalevska’s debut in 2007 as Teresa in a new production of Benvenuto Cellini, conducted by V. Gergiev. That same year she also debuted in Tokyo as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and as La Bohème’s Mimì with the Los Angeles Opera.
Ms. Kovalevska’s international debuts continued in 2008 with La Bohème at the San Francisco Opera, and Eugene Onegin at the Glyndebourne Festival, playing the role of Tatyana under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. That same year she retuned to the Metropolitan Opera for both Carmen and La Bohème.
The Washington National Opera, Munich State Opera, Paris Champs Elysées, Torre del Lago Puccini Festival, and Cortona Tuscan Sun Festival all saw Ms. Kovalevska’s debuts in 2009.
Collaboration with the Met continued in 2010 with productions of Turandot, Carmen, and La Bohème. Ms. Kovalevska also returned to Munich for Don Giovanni, and made her highly acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House in London as Micaëla in Carmen. This production was filmed in 3D and played in cinemas worldwide.
In addition to the Met, Ms. Kovalevska is regularly engaged with the Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House, and the Munich State Opera.
Adding to her repertoire, Ms. Kovalevska recently debuted at the Dresden Semperoper in Iolanta, and at the Teatro alla Scala and in Guangzhou (China) as Liù in Turandot, La Bohème at Covent Garden in London and in Hamburg, and Le nozze di Figaro in Buenos Aires. She also debuted with the Vienna State Opera in Eugene Onegin, Simon Boccanegra and La Traviata, in Don Giovanni in Palermo, and in Eugene Onegin in Geneva. She recently sang also in Carmen in Mexico, LA Bohème in Sydney, and Eugene Onegin with the Staatsoper in Vienna. Her future engagements include Don Giovanni at Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Bohème in San Paulo, Sydney and Dresden, and Falstaff in Geneva.