Maria Gulik was born in the Russian province of Kargopol Arkhangelsk and studied in Moscow at the Russian Academy of Arts and Theatre with soprano Larisa Rudakova. In 2007 she joined the renowned Acting Laboratory of Dmitriy Krymov with which she performed and toured extensively. She was Titania in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ presented jointly by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the International Chekhov Festival, touring to prestigious venues in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Edinburgh International Festival.

She also played the role of The Singer in the production ‘In Paris’ devised by the Krymov Laboratory and the Mikhail Baryshnikov Arts Centre which premiered in the US with Baryshnikov in the lead. Performances included Lincoln Center, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, before touring to Paris, Tel Aviv, Spoleto Festival, Helsinki and Groningen.

While in Los Angeles she came to the notice of the Young Artist Program of Los Angeles Opera and participated in some of their masterclasses. By this time Maria had started postgraduate vocal studies with the great Galina Vishnevskaya and it was she who encouraged her to devote herself full-time to singing and opera.

In 2011 she sang Vava in ‘Moscow, Cheryomushki’ at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow and the following year Nyanya/’Eugene Onegin’ at the Vishnevskaya Opera Centre. She returned in 2013 to sing The Innkeeper/’Boris Godunov’ and appeared at the Baltic Season Festival singing La Principessa in ‘Gianni Schicchi’.

2014 saw her as a soloist at the Vishnevskaya Centre with roles including Olga/’Eugene Onegin’, Maddalena/’Rigoletto’ and the title role of Carmen. She took part in masterclasses with Mirella Freni and made her debut at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre as Venus in Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’. She repeated this last year when also singing Lyubasha/’The Tsar’s Bride’ in Moscow. Last year she was also invited to study at the Wales International Academy of Voice by Dennis O’Neill and graduates from there this year, having taken part in masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Bonynge.

On the concert stage she has sung Wagner’s ‘Wesendonck Lieder’ and Mussorgsky’s ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ in Russia and at the Festival de Musique de Wissembourg in France where she also gave the world premiere of ‘Five Songs based on poetry of Lesya Ukrainka’. Her competition credits include 1st Prize at the International Independent Opera in Moscow and 2nd Prize at the 21st Concours Flame in Paris.

Last year Maria sang the Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in London before summer engagements in Greece and then Zita/’Gianni Schicchi’ at Les Azuriales Opera. This summer she takes on the demanding role of Ulrica in 'Un ballo in maschera' at West Green Opera.

September 2017



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