Maria Guleghina is one of the most celebrated performers of the role of Tosca in the last decade. In 2009, Guleghina received a Puccini Award for the best interpretation of the composer's music. Maria Guleghina began her professional career at the State Opera in Minsk, and one year later she made her debut at La Scala as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera opposite Luciano Pavarotti. Today Guleghina is the only operatic singer to have performed the main parts in sixteen La Scala premieres, including Manon Lescaut, Tosca, I due Foscari, Un ballo in maschera, and Macbeth. Since her 1991 debut at the Metropolitan Opera, Guleghina has performed there in the leadings roles, including in such operas as Aida, Turandot, Tosca, Norma, Macbeth, Nabucco, Andrea Chenier, The Queen of Spades, Cavalleria rusticana and many others. Maria Guleghina also regularly performs at the London’s Royal Opera, the Paris Opera, the Liceu Barcelona, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Arena di Verona and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Additionally, Maria Guleghina is an accomplished concert artist singing numerous concerts with orchestra and recitals with piano each season in Europe and Asia.
She has performed on numerous occasions with the world’s great singers and conductors, among them Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, José Cura and Samuel Ramey, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi and Claudio Abbado.
Maria Guleghina is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Giovanni Zanatello Prize for her debut at the Arena di Verona, the Maria Zamboni Gold Medal, the 1999 gold medal at the Osaka Festival, the 2001 Bellini Prize and the Arte e Operosita nel Mondo in Milan. For her social activities, she has been awarded the Order of Holy Olga, the highest order of the Russian Orthodox Church, by the Patriarch Alexei of all the Russias. Maria Guleghina is an honorary board member of the International Paralympics Committee as well as Global Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF. In 2013 Maria Guleghina has been bestowed the title of “People’s Artist of North Ossetia and Alania”.
In recent years the singer has been expanding her repertoire, performing both in German operas (Lohengrin) and the Russian operas of the 20th century (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Fiery Angel). Highlights of upcoming engagements include Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera; Nabucco and Tosca at the Vienna State Opera; Turandot and Andrea Chenier at the Deutsche Opera Berlin; Macbeth in Monte Carlo; as well as tours to Japan and Asia in the title roles of Puccini’s Turandot and Tosca.