Born in Riga, Kovalevska rose to international prominence in 2006 after winning the Operalia singing competition. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2006, starring first as Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's La bohème under the baton of Plácido Domingo, and later as Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. She made her Vienna State Opera debut in 2011 as Tatjana in Eugene Onegin, later as Mimì in La bohème, Micaëla in Carmen, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Violetta in La traviata.
In 2011, Kovalevska sang Micaëla in the Royal Opera House's 3D film production of Bizet's Carmen. Kovalevska made her Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2014/15 as Mimì for Opera Australia.
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- Performances with Maija Kovalevska, Vienna State Opera
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- La bohème, Opera Australia