Born in Russia, mezzo-soprano Maria Kataeva studied singing, piano and choral conducting in St. Petersburg and graduated in 2012. Before joining the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2013, she was already a member of the local opera studio during her studies. She has won awards at numerous international singing competitions, most recently in 2019 at the renowned Operalia Singing Competition in Prague, where she won the audience prize and 2nd prize from the professional jury. Her repertoire includes roles such as the title role in Bizet's "Carmen", Sesto (Mozart "La clemenza di Tito"), Rosina (Rossini "Il barbiere di Siviglia"), Dorabella (Mozart "Così fan tutte"), Idamante (Mozart "Idomeneo"), Nicklausse (Offenbach "Les Contes d'Hoffmann"), Komponist (R. Strauss "Ariadne auf Naxos"), Hänsel (Humperdinck "Hänsel und Gretel") as well as Suzuki (Puccini "Madama Butterfly"), Angelina (Rossini "La Cenerentola"), Olga (Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin"), Elisabetta (Donizetti "Maria Stuarda"), Ruggiero (Handel "Alcina") and among others Oktavian (R. Strauss "Der Rosenkavalier"). Guest engagements have taken Maria Kataeva to the Hamburg and Bavarian State Operas, Semperoper Dresden, Edmonton Opera in Canada, Opéra Bastille Paris, Opera Vlaanderen, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre Saint Petersburg, Grand Théâtre de Genève, to Japan and to the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, among others. In 2023 she appeared on stage with Placido Domingo at the Salle Gaveau in Paris with the concert programme "Noche Española".
Maria Kataeva's most recent roles at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein included Suzuki and Jeanne d'Arc in Tchaikovsky's "The Maid of Orleans". In the 2023/24 season she will sing Romeo in Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi", Angelina, Rosina and Jeanne d'Arc.https://mariakataeva.com/