• Prize-winner at the international Competizione dell’Opera (Tashkent, 2014; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 1st All-Russian Young Vocalists’ Competition The Future of Musical Theatre (Omsk, 2012; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 5thAll-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Vocalists’ Competition (Lipetsk, 2012; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 1st 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 Faculty of Vocal Studies of and completed a postgraduate study at the Gnesin 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.
In the 2018–19 season Maria made part of soprano in Les Noces by Stravinsky with maestro Charles Dutoit at the Martha Argerich Festival in Hamburg. In the 2019–20 season she appears as Francesca da Rimini in the eponymous opera by Rachmaninoff at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky) and as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (conductor James Conlon). She took part in the Asian tour of the Mariinsky Theatre with maestro Valery Gergiev, performing at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall as Maria in Mazepa. In March 2021 Maria sang the role of Renata in The Fiery Angel at the Internationales Musikfest Hamburg (conductor Valery Gergiev).
Since the 2019–20 season she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera.
In November 2019 she made her company debut at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in the opera The Idiot by Weinberg.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Kuma (Nastasya) (The Enchantress)
Agnès Sorel (The Maid of Orleans)
Kupava (The Snow Maiden)
Dunyasha (The Station Master)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Fevroniya (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)
Renata (The Fiery Angel)
Nastasya Filippovna (The Idiot)
The Countess (Le nozze di Figaro)
Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims)
Violetta Valéry (La traviata)
Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann)
Minnie (La fanciulla del West)
Rusalka (Rusalka by Dvořák)
Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus)
Solo roles in Rachmaninoff’s poem The Bells, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
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), La fanciulla del West (2019), The Snow Maiden (2020).
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.