Maria Pakhar was born in Izhevsk and graduated from the Kazan State Conservatory, with a degree in piano, and, in 2004, from the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory in Yekaterinburg, with a degree in voice (Golyshev’s class).
In year 2004 she has entered Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, where she made her debut as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust and went on to sing the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Tatiana’s part in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen.
In 2005, she was engaged to sing Natasha Rostova in a new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia (as a guest soloist since then).
Maria has been a soloist of Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater since 2007, where she takes part in productions including:
Aida by Verdi (Aida), La Boheme by Puccini (Musetta), The Reformed Drunkard, The Chinese Women by Gluck (Colette), Micaela (Bizet’s “Carmen”) Die Fledermaus by Strauss (Rosalind), The Barber of Seville by Rossini (Bertha), Cosi fan tutte by Mozart (Fiordiligi), Socrates Cafe by Satie (the wife, Socrates), Betrothal in a Monastery by Prokofiev (Louise), Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach (Anthony, Stella), La Traviata by Verdi (Violetta).
As a soloist of the Opera Centre, Maria has participated in the ‘Golden Prague’ festival, ‘May Opera Nights’ in Macedonia, I All-Russian Festival ‘Panorama of Musical Theater’ in Omsk, has toured St. Petersburg, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Maria has also sung Nedda in a new production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theare. In year 2008 she took part in a Week in memory of Mstislav Rostropovich in Washington.
Maria has worked with conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Polyansky.
She is currently a guest soloist at the Moscow Novaya Opera Theatre, where she performs in Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Leonora), Puccini’s La Bohème (Mimi), the gala concert “Ten Novaya Opera Soprans.”
Maria is a Grand Prix-winner of the International Festival-Contest «Musica Classica» (2013).