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Maija Kovalevska



Götterdämmerung, Richard Wagner, The Ring Cycle

"Gutrune, Maija Kovalevska gave us an impressive lyric soprano with soaring top notes. She was delightful in her swooning attention to Siegfried, after he drank Hagan’s love potion, and distraught on discovering his death.
Opera review: Götterdämmerung (The Ring Cycle), QPAC

Well-crafted and powerfully delivered, Götterdämmerung’s resounding success concluded a polished and exceptional Ring Cycle presented by Opera Australia in Brisbane.
Dec 2023, Suzannah Conway

Kovalevska has a sweet voice and a winning stage personality…
Review on Chen Shi-Zheng’s Asian-Pacific Ring • Opera Australia by Michael Halliwell | ABR Arts • December 2023

The rich and dynamic-voiced Maija Kovalevska is sterling as the whirlwind of circumstances engulf Gutrune. | STAGED OPERAS • Götterdämmerung at Opera Australia | December 2023, Paul Selar"

Floria Tosca


"Soprano Maija Kovalevska's Tosca holds centre stage with an effortless presence and voice, rolling instantly from infatuation to jealousy and back in naturally nuanced interplay with her lover."

"Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"- I lived for art, I lived for love- her existential cry infuses every corner of the theatre with soaring, poignant phrases dying to silence then rising again; lyrical and limpid." David Cusworth, The West Australian

"Kovalevska, her intonation perfect, her tone sublime and her theatrical portrayal of Tosca intense to the final seconds of the opera, was the undoubted star." Western Australia's Arts Magazine -"

Reviews on the performance in His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
July 2022



"Maija Kovalevska's Desdemona was a treat for the ears and the eyes. Her voice has grown in size and is now a full lyric soprano perfect for Verdi roles such as this one. It shows that she is a pupil of Mirella Freni, specially in the way she sings this role, which was such an iconic Freni role. Her phrasing is exquisite, her sound blooms in the middle register with warmth and amplitude and she has blazing high notes that fill the theater. As an actress, Kovalevska portrayed Desdemona as an innocent yet strong woman who faced her death with courage and proving, through this sacrifice, her love for Otello. Her voice soars effortlessly through the orchestra, especially in the concertante of the end of Act III. She sang a very touching "Canzone del Salice" and an ethereal "Ave Maria". Desdemona fits like a glove in Kovalevska's voice and we hope she will keep this role in her repertory and will sing it more often in the future."

Review on the performance in Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara
November 2016 Opera Click

Alice Ford


"Maija Kovalevska brings a lot of stage presence as Alice Ford with her wonderfully blossoming soprano."

Review on the performance in Grand Théâtre de Genève
June 2016 Online Merker


Eugene Onegin

"Maija Kovalevska's Tatiana is gloriously sung, the tone lustrous from top to toe"

Review on the performance in Glyndebourne Festival.
May 2008 The London times


La bohème

"The Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska is an exceptional Mimi. She brings a plush, warm voice and wistful expressivity to her singing. A lovely woman and a sensitive actress, she brought out Mimi’s sweetness while suggesting that this character is ready to embrace love impulsively because she senses life slipping away from her"

Review on the performance in The Metropolitan Opera.
Jan 2014 The New York times (Tommasini)



"The most impressive showing of the night came from the Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska making her Covent garden debut as Don Joses's first love, the innocent Micaela. Looking radiant and singing superbly, she brought great depth and passion to the role"