Elena Maximova graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. In 2000 she was subsequently engaged as a soloist at the Moscow Stanislavsky Music Theatre. Today she sings parts in the most of the theatre’s repertoire, among them are Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Siebel (Faust), Nicklausse (Les c ontes d’Hoffmann), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), the title role of Carmen and Charlotte (Werther).
She carries on an intensive concert activity and enjoys collaboration with various notable Russian orchestras, including the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, musical director V. Spivakov (participation in the Seven Gates of Jerusalem oratorio by K. Penderecki in December 2003), the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra and the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, under Alexander Dmitriev’s direction.
Elena made her European debut in a new production of Rigoletto (Maddalena) under the direction of Zubin Mehta at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2005. In the following seasons she returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Suzuki, Carmen, Olga and Federica (Luisa Miller). She has also performed at the Opéra National de Lyon (Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades), the Berlin Staatsoper (Carmen), the Semperoper Dresden (Carmen), the St Gallen Festival (Samson et Dalila), the Teatro Comunale in Florence under Zubin Mehta (Carmen and La forza del destino), the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Carmen), in Tokyo (La forza del destino), at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam under Mariss Jansons (Eugene Onegin), the Teatro Massimo Palermo (Carmen) and the Teatro alla Scala Milan (Carmen).
On concert podium, she has performed the Verdi Requiem with Orchestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, conductor Lorin Maazel, in Palau de les Arts, Valencia, with Montréal and Choeur Saint-Laurent Symphonic Orchestra under Kent Nagano’s direction at the Lanaudière Festival, Canada, in Orvieto with Zubin Mehta and in Tonhalle Zurich with David Zinman.
In 2012 she made her debut as Carmen at the Vienna Staatsoper, sang Helene (War and Peace) in Moscow and Marguerite (La damnation de Faust) at the St. Gallen Festival. In 2013 she made her debut as Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, sang Maddalena (Rigoletto) at the Vienna Staatsoper and starred as Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) at the Sranislavsky Theatre, Moscow. For her interpretation she was nominated for the National Theatre Award ”Golden Mask”.
In the 2013/14 season, Elena made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Olga, sang Eboli (Don Carlo) in Helsinki and under Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg and Leonora (La Favorita) at the St Gallen Festival.
In 2014/15 she sang Eboli , Marfa (Khovanshchina), in a new production under Semyon Bychkov, the roles of Maddalena, Rosina, Polina, Olga at the Vienna Staatsoper, Giulietta (Les contes d'Hoffmann) at the Metropolitan Opera New York under James Levine and Polina in Rome.
In 2015/16 she performed the roles of Maddalena, Marfa, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Rosina at the Vienna Staatsoper, Carmen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Semperoper Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsoper and Charlotte at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
In 2016/17 she sang Carmen, Angelina (La Cenerentola) and Prince Orlofsky at the Vienna Staatsoper, Carmen at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Olga at the Metropolian Opera New York and Maddalena at the Opéra National de Paris.
Projects this season include Marfa at the BBC Proms in London, Carmen with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marfa, Blanche (The Gambler), Isabella and Maddalena at the Vienna Staatsoper, Prince Orlofsky at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, La belle Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) in Sydney, Preziosilla and Carmen in Dresden, Carmen in Tel Aviv.