In the season 2020/21 Maria Bengtsson will return to the Staatsoper Berlin as Governess in Turn of the Screw and will sing the Countess in Capriccio at Oper Leipzig. She will make further role debuts as Ellen Orford in a new production of Peter Grimes at the Teatro Real Madrid and as Blanche in a new production of Dialogue des Carmelites at Oper Frankfurt.
Recent season highlights include the title role in Rusalka and Clara in the world premiere of Christian Jost’s Egmont at the Theater an der Wien, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Staatsoper Hamburg, Fiordiligi at Teatro San Carlo in Naples under the baton of Riccardo Muti, her participation in Calixto Bieito’s scenic version of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Staatsoper Hamburg and a scenic interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Theater an der Wien. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin she portrayed the title role in the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Oceane and she sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the International May Festival in Wiesbaden.
Ms. Bengtsson’s most important roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Rusalka as well as the Strauss roles Daphne, Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), Arabella and Capriccio-countess.
As a concert and Lieder singer the Swedish soprano has made guest performances at festivals and in concert halls such as the Carinthischer Sommer, Berliner Festspiele, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, the Gewandhaus Leipzig,the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Klangbogen Festival in Vienna, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Teatro Nacional Sao Carlo in Lisbon, at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and Oper Frankfurt. In addition to that she has performed in concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo under the baton of Simone Young with Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn with Strauss’ Four Last Songs, at the Konzerthaus Berlin, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kirill Petreko in Tel Aviv as well as with the Hamburger Philharmoniker under Bertrand de Billy. Celebrating the inauguration of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Ms. Bengtsson was invited to perform Mendelssohn´s Lobgesang under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock.
Ms. 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 to 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 has been active as a freelance artist.
She has appeared as a guest at the Opéra de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Festival in Salzburg and Aix en Provence and at Oper Frankfurt, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Oper Köln, Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro la Fenice, Vlaamse Opera and the Theater an der Wien.