Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova studied singing at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She went on to join the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, where her roles have included Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Carmen, Olga (Eugene Onegin), Siébel (Faust), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Charlotte (Werther), Polina (The Queen of Spades), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus). She made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera in 2005 as Maddalena (Rigoletto) and has returned there to sing Federica (Luisa Miller), Carmen, Olga and Suzuki. For Vienna State Opera her roles include Carmen, Maddalena, Eboli (Don Carlos), Cherubino, Rosina and Marfa (Khovanshchina), for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Olga and Carmen and for The Metropolitan Opera House Olga and Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

Maximova’s engagements elsewhere include Carmen for La Scala Milan, Berlin State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Florence, Valencia and Palermo, Eboli for Finnish National Opera and Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Marguérite (La Damnation de Faust) and Leonora (La Favorita) for St Gallen Festival, Preziosilla (La forza del destino) in Florence, Charlotte in Tokyo, Olga and Polina in Lyon and Polina for Rome Opera. She performs regularly in concert with Russian orchestras including the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra and the St Petersburg Philharmonia.