Maria Kozlova, who has recently received her British Citizenship, graduated in choral conducting from the St Petersburg State conservatoire. Born in Russia, she came to Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSC) to study under Patricia Hay in the Alexander Gibson Opera School. She completed her Master of Opera course with distinction. During the course she won the Tony and Tania Webster prize for Russian Song and Ye Cronies Opera Award. She also gave a number of lunchtime concerts at Stevenson Hall, RCS. The majority of funding for her studies was granted by the Dewar Arts Awards.
Maria Kozlova later graduated, with an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies (Distinction), from the Welsh International Academy of Voice (WIAV) in Cardiff where she studied with Denis O’Neill.
Maria Kozlova’s operatic credits include Tatyana Eugene Onegin with Bury Court Opera and Southbank Sinfonia in Ischia, Italy; Lady Macbeth’s Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth (cover) Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Tatyana Eugene Onegin (cover) Grange Park Opera, Natasha Rostova in the world premiere of the original version of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Nicolette L’amour de trois oranges and Tatyana Eugene Onegin, all in a collaboration between the RCS and Scottish Opera at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Her repertoire also includes Mimi La Bohème, Micaela Carmen, Antonia Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites. She appeared in Opera Galas at the Aberdeen International Music Festival and at Clonter Opera, performing a number of excerpts from major repertoire.
Maria Kozlova has a busy concert diary and her concert repertoire includes Mahler Das klagende Lied at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Fauré Requiem, Rachmaninov The Bells, Mozart C Minor Mass and Coronation Mass, Handel Messiah, J.S. Bach Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (BWV 199) and B-minor mass, Pergolesi Stabat Mater; Vivaldi Gloria, Haydn Little Organ Mass, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Dvořák Mass in D major; Schubert Mass in A flat major, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder and Szymanowski Stabat Mater.
Maria Kozlova has had a number of TV and radio appearances in Russia including a documentary film about the Gulag and political oppression of the 1930s.
Early last year Maria Kozlova went on an orchestral tour of China singing operatic highlights. She also took part, as an opera singer and an actor, in a documentary film about Jennie Jerome in which she played an opera singer who had an opera house built for her by Jennie Jerome’s father. The film was made in Edinburgh and will be released in the USA before coming to the UK.
In 2014 she performed Giorgetta Il tabarro for Wexford Festival Opera.