(c) Monika Rittershaus
Maria Bengtsson studied at the University of Music in Freiburg. From 2000 until 2002 she was an ensemble member of the Volksoper Wien and from 2002 until 2007 of the Komische Oper Berlin, where she sang the leading parts in many of Kirill Petrenko’s most important productions. Since 2007 Maria Bengtsson works as a freelance artist.
Since then she was guest at the Oper Frankfurt, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Staatsoper Berlin, at the Staatsoper in Munich, at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Oper Köln, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Teatro la Fenice, the Opera in Antwerpen, the Theater an der Wien, La Scala in Milan, the Bolshoi in Moscow, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Festival in Salzburg and in Aix en Provence.
Her most important roles include Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Richard Strauss’s Daphne (title role), Cunegonde in Candide (Bernstein), the title role of Monteverdis L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Feldmarschallin (Rosenkavalier). At the Oper Frankfurt she will sing the part of Lady Harriet Durham in Martha and the title role of Arabella. She will return at the Theater an der Wien in a new production of Peer Gynt as Solveig. At the Semperoper Dresden she will be Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, a role she also embodied in Paris at the beginning of the last season. In celebration of the Elbphilharmonie´s opening the artist will perform Mendelssohn´s Lobgesang under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock.
As a concert and Lieder singer the Swedish soprano was guest at festivals and institutions like the Carinthinischer Sommer Festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Teatro Nacional Sao Carlo in Lisbon, at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and the Konzerthaus Berlin. Additionally she gave a concert in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko, as well as with the Hamburger Philharmoniker under Bertrand de Billy.