(Born August 9, 1959)
Maria Guleghina is a Ukrainian-Russian born soprano.
Over recent years she has become particularly associated with the Italian repertory.
She made her debut in 1985 as Yolantha at the State Opera in Minsk and then left the USSR to pursue an international career.
Her big international break came in 1987 when she debuted as Amelia in a production of Un Ballo in Maschera at La Scala opposite Luciano Pavarotti as Riccardo.
Other leading roles followed in I Due Foscari, Manon Lescaut, and Tosca.
She was then contracted to perform in many of Europe's leading opera houses including Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, London and at the Paris Opéra in 1995 she played the hugely challenging role of Abigaille in Nabucco.
Her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York took place in 1990 where she sang Maddalena in Andrea Chénier to Pavarotti's Chenier.
At the San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago she has played the leading soprano roles in Ernani, Simon Boccanegra, Cavalleria Rusticana and Fedora later adding
other extremely taxing roles such as Odabella in Attila and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
At the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia she has played Lisa in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.
Maria Guleghena enjoys huge popularity in Japan where she has toured twice as part of the La Scala touring company and is widely considered as one of the leading dramatic sopranos of today.
Sometimes criticised for having an inconsistent technique she is still largely admired for her strong warm rich voice and excellent stage presence.
In 2008 she sang Lady Macbeth as part of the Metropolitan's HD broadcast programme and in 2010 she also played Turandot.