• Prize-winner at the international Competizione dell’Opera (Tashkent, 2014, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the I All-Russian Young Vocalists’ Competition The Future of Musical Theatre (Omsk, 2012, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Vocalists’ Competition (Lipetsk, 2012, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the I International Maxim Mikhailov Young Opera Singer’s Competition (Cheboksary, 2010, 3rd prize)
Maria Bayankina was born in the village of Zyryanovsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast, and spent her childhood in Izhevsk.
Graduated from the vocals faculty of and completed a postgraduate study at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (class of Evgenia Shevelyova). During her years as a student she collaborated with the Petit Opera artistic group, participating in performances of Purcell’s operas King Arthur, The Tempest, Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy-Queen. In 2011 she was awarded a grant from the Wagner Foundation, which affords young artists the opportunity to visit Bayreuth. That same year, she became a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.
In January 2013 she made her Mariinsky Theatre debut as Tsaritsa Militrisa in the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
Since the 2019–2020 season she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera.
In November 2019 she will be making her debut at Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre in the opera The Idiot.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Kuma (The Enchantress)
Kupava (The Snow Maiden)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Fevronia (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Nastasya Filippovna (The Idiot)
the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro)
Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims)
Violetta (La traviata)
Minnie (La fanciulla del West)
Rusalka (Rusalka by Dvořák)
and solo roles in Rachmaninoff’s poem The Bells and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Has appeared in concert performances of the operas Il pirata (Imogene) by Bellini, The Stone Guest (Donna Anna) by Dargomyzhsky, Dubrovsky (Masha) by Nápravník, Oresteia (Elektra) by Taneyev, The Dawns Here are Quiet... (Liza Brichkina) by Molchanov and The Cossacks (Mariana) by Klinichev.
In 2017 together with soloists of the academy she took part in a production of the opera The Enchantress at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (directed by David Pountney).
At the Mariinsky Theatre she has sung in premieres of productions of Eugene Onegin (2014), The Idiot (2016) and La fanciulla del West (2019).
Regular participant at the Moscow Easter Festival and Denis Matsuev’s festivals Stars on Baikal and Crescendo. Has appeared in concerts of the Academy of Young Opera Singers in Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Austria and France.