Russian-born Maria Kozlova came to Glasgow after graduating in 2005 from the St Petersburg conservatoire in choral conducting with distinction. While still in St Petersburg, Maria auditioned for the RSAMD to enter the preliminary opera studies course. After two years, she won a coveted place on their Opera Course.
Maria has a strong lyric soprano voice of quality, substance and power. With a winning combination of talent, determination and potential, it is considered that she will develop a career of some distinction as a solo artist.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help fund Maria for the first year of the Opera Course.
Since the Award
In her first year, Maria sang the role of Titania in the RSAMD production of Eugene Onegin at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, winning excellent reviews. In the final production of the academic year, she was selected to cover leading role Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. Maria's award has been confirmed for a second and final year.
Maria successfully graduated Master of Opera with distinction from RSAMD and won the Ye Cronies Opera Award. She is currently continuing to perfom in RSAMD productions and has been offered a coveted summer 2010 contract with the Glyndebourne Opera Company. Maria plans to participate in the major international singing contests - watch out for her name.