Maria Bengtsson was born in Sweden and received her training in Malmö and at the Freiburg College of Music. Her first professional engagement was at the Vienna Volksoper, after which she became a member of the solo ensemble at the Komische Oper Berlin. A highly successful career has since taken her to opera houses in London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Dresden, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Lyon, as well as to the music festivals in Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Schwetzingen. Her repertoire includes important Mozart roles such as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira ("Don Giovanni"), Fiordiligi ("Così fan tutte"), Pamina ("Die Zauberflöte"), Ilia and Elettra ("Idomeneo"), as well as Strauss roles like Marschallin ("Der Rosenkavalier"), the title role in "Daphne" and Countess in "Capriccio". She has worked with renowned conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marc Minkowski, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Chailly, Philippe Jordan and directors such as David McVicar, Hans Neuenfels, Sebastian Baumgarten, Peter Konwitschny, Andreas Homoki, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Calixto Bieito, Claus Guth and Kasper Holten. After performing the role of Countess ("Le nozze di Figaro") at the 2017 International May Festival, followed by "Arabella" and the "Vier letzte Lieder" (part of the 8th Symphony Concert) in 2018, she now returns to the 2019 International May Festival as Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni".