Born in St. Petersburg, graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire.
She is recipient of the First prize at the Verviers International Competition, Belgium (1995).
Maria Gortsevskaya made her professional stage debut as Fyodor in Boris Godunov at Mariinsky theatre at the age of 19. She also appeared at Mariinsky as Olga, Cherubino, Rosina, Cenerentola, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Siebel (Faust), and Mercedes (Carmen), and took part in the Andrei Konchalovsky’s production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace.
Maria Gortsevskaya performed with Mariinsky theatre at Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera NY, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA.
She has performed the role of Rosina in the Dario Fo’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Marco Boemi on tour in the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.
Maria Gortsevskaya has performed Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Fyodor in Boris Godunov (La Monnaie, Brussels), Baba The Turk in Rake’s Progress (Mozart Festival, La Coruña and Bologna, director Calixto Bieto), Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio by Rossini and Giustizia in Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots by Mozart (both at Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro), Mother Superior in The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev (La Monnaie, Brussels).
In 2008 she performed Olga in Eugene Onegin at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK.
In 2008 — 2009 she also performed Der Hass in Armida by Gluck (Komische Oper Berlin), and Blanche in The Gambler by Prokofiev (Lyon).
In 2009-2010 she performed Olga in Eugene Onegin (Staatsoper Unter den Linden), Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Cologne), Wellgunde in Das Rheingold (La Scala, Milano), Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (Staatsoper Unter den Linden).
Her extended concert repertoire includes works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Pergolesi, Rossini, Haydn, Mozart, Händel, Vivaldi, and Sarti. She gave solo recitals and concerts at the Théâtre du Châtelet, participated in Verdi Gala at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and White Nights Festival in St.Petersburg (as Antonio in Cimarosa’s Cleopatra) among others.
Maria Gortsevskaya participated in many audio- and video recordings such as War and Peace and The Fiery Angel for Philips-Classics, and Cosi fan tutte for Euro Radio with the Latvian National Opera and La Cambiale di matrimonio for Dynamic (Rossini Opera Festival). Upon an invitation of film director Tony Palmer, she participated in the shooting of Parsifal with Placido Domingo in the main part.
In 2011 she participated in the Bolshoi Theatre’s philharmonic subscription concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, performing Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody under Vassily Sinaisky.
In 2012 she performed the roles of Lehl (The Snow Maiden) and Polina (The Queen of Spades) at the Bolshoi Theatre.