Mariya Kaganskaya
(She/Her) Mezzo-Soprano Mariya Kaganskaya returns to San Francisco Opera this season to cover the role of Third Lady (The Magic Flute), reprises the role of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with West Bay Opera, and makes her Opera Columbus debut as Larina (Eugene Onegin). 2022-2023 highlights include joining the San Francisco Opera roster to cover roles in Dialogues des Carmélites and releasing her debut solo album, To My Little Dreamer, on Lexicon Classics. In 2021-2022, she performed Beppe (L'amico Fritz) with Teatro Grattacielo, Rowan (We Wear the Sea Like a Coat) with Opera Ithaca, Larina (Eugene Onegin) with Opera Omaha, and Polina/Milovzor (Pique Dame) with West Bay Opera.
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Dialogues des Carmélites
San Francisco Opera
Piper Artists Management, New York, New York

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Mariya Kaganskaya

Hailed for her "rich mezzo" (OPERA Magazine), Mezzo-Soprano Mariya Kaganskaya returns to San Francisco Opera this season to cover the role of Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Additional appearances include reprising the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with West Bay Opera  and making her Opera Columbus debut as Larina in Eugene Onegin.

2022-2023 Season highlights include joining the San Francisco Opera roster to cover roles in Dialogues des Carmélites and releasing her debut solo album, To My Little Dreamer, on the Lexicon Classics label. In the 2021-2022 Season, Ms. Kaganskaya performed the roles of Beppe in L'amico Fritz with Teatro Grattacielo, Rowan in the world premiere of We Wear the Sea Like a Coat and Sandman in an acclaimed film version of Hansel and Gretel with Opera Ithaca, Larina in Eugene Onegin with Opera Omaha, and Polina/Milovzor in Pique Dame with West Bay Opera.

Roles in previous seasons include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Herodias (cover)/Page in Salome, Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, and Charlotte (cover) in Werther at Florida Grand Opera, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Third Wood Sprite in Rusalka at Arizona Opera, and Teacher in The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the recording of which earned the GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording. 

Additional roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), the title role of Serse, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Hostess (Boris Godunov), Marta (Iolanta), La Nourrice (Milhaud's Médée), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), and Julia Bertram (Mansfield Park). Oratorio credits include performances as the Mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Handel’s Messiah. 

Ms. Kaganskaya’s training includes residencies with The Santa Fe Opera, Arizona OperaFlorida Grand Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and the iSing! International Young Artist Festival in China. She is an alumna of the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program and the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and earned her MM and PGD at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Catherine Cook. Recent awards include First Place in the Classical Singer Competition (Emerging Professional Division), the Lois Alba Aria Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the St. Petersburg Opera Guild Competition, the Gershwin International Competition, and both the Eastern and Southeastern Region of the NATS Artist Awards, Second Place in the Holt Competition, and Third Place in the Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She is a Winner of the most recent Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation Competition and the inaugural Butler Opera International Competition, as well as the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition and the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

Ms. Kaganskaya is represented by Piper Artists Management. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, baby son, and rescue dog. For more information, please visit

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