Maija Kovalevska

Maija Kovalevska

Maija Kovalevska has studied with Mirella Freni

Maija Kovalevska is a Latvian opera singer. Born in Riga, she graduated from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and completed her training in Italy under the guidance of Mirella Freni starting in 2003

In 2003 Kovalevska made her debut at the Latvian National Opera in the role of Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a year after her interpretation of Donna Elvira at the International Sigulda Opera Music Festival, which brought her the Latvian state’s Grand Music Award. In 2004 she won the 10th Riccardo Zandonai International Opera Competition and finished second in the third Jāzeps Vītols Vocal Competition in Riga.

  Kovalevska started her international career in 2006, after winning the Operalia – Plácido Domingo international competition in Valencia. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, singing Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème in Franco Zeffirelli’s production, conducted by Plácido Domingo, and later as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

She has enjoyed a brilliant career at the Met, with more than 50 appearances in leading roles. She sang at the Met’s 125th anniversary concert. In 2011 she performed at the Vienna Staatsoper as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Mimì (La bohème), Micaela (Carmen), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La Traviata) and Amelia-Maria (Simon Boccanegra, with Plácido Domingo in the role of Boccanegra). In 2011, she sang Micaela in the 3D film production of Bizet’s Carmen by the Royal Opera House, London. In 2011 she made her debut as Liù in a new production at La Scala, Milan, and also as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Her interpretation of Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini was filmed in Salzburg and published as an opera DVD. She has recently given acclaimed performances as Alice Ford in Falstaff and Desdemona in Otello.

In Latvia, Kovalevska has been named an Honorary Professor, giving masterclasses to young opera singers, and has also been awarded the Latvian Order of the Three Stars, the country’s most prestigious. Kovalevska has achieved many of the great milestones in opera worldwide, and is globally popular with critics and audiences alike.