• Prize-winner at the International Competition Competizione dell’Opera (Uzbekistan, 2014, 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the All-Russian Shebalin Young Vocalists’ Competition (Omsk, 2012, 1 st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Lipetsk, 2012)
• Prize-winner at the International Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Memory of Maxim Mikhailov (Cheboksary, 2010, 3rd prize)
Maria Bayankina graduated with distinction from the vocals faculty of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (class of Evgenia Sheveleva).
From 2007 she was a leading soloist with the Petit Opera creative group, where she performed lead roles in operas by Henry Purcell. In 2011 she became a grant-recipient of the Wagner Prize. Since 2010 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.
In February 2013, Maria Bayankina made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Tsaritsa Militrisa in The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)
Kuma (The Enchantress)
Kupava (The Snow Maiden)
Tsaritsa Militrisa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Nastassya Filippovna (The Idiot)
Dunyasha (The Station Master)
Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro)
Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims)
Violetta (La traviata)
Minnie (La fanciulla del West)
Rusalka (Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák)
In concert: Liza Brichkina (The Dawns Here Are Quiet), Donna Anna (The Stone Guest), Elektra (Oresteia), Imogene (Il pirata), Masha (Dubrovsky), Mariana (The Cossacks by Leonid Klinichev), The Ugly Duckling by Prokofiev, soprano solo in The Bells by Rachmaninoff.
Under the direction of Larisa Gergieva she has appeared in concerts at leading European venues in Milan, Rome, Bari, Stockholm, Venice (Teatro La Fenice), Vienna (Odeon Theater), Saint-Tropez, Cannes and London (Wigmore Hall) among other cities. The singer regularly takes part in the Moscow Easter Festival, the Stars of the White Nights festival, Denis Matsuev’s festivals Stars on Baikal, Crescendo, and Denis Matsuev & Friends.