Maria Guleghina, remarried, talks of returning to Russia

The soprano, long married to the baritone Mark Guleghin, has found new happiness with Russia’s Olympic state coach of Greco-Roman wrestling, Vyacheslav Mkrtychev. In an extraordinarily frank interview she says of her first marriage:

‘Personal life? I did not have it … The worst thing – we always sing about love, but most do not love or are loved. Opera is too heavy a burden for women.You can not imagine how painful.’

And of her new husband: ‘He knows what a person needs before the “championship”. When I have to go on stage he creates the perfect psychological comfort around me. And when I do not need to sing, I flutter around my husband and care for him.’

She’s thinking of moving back to Moscow.



With Placido Domingo and Marta, husband Slava, after Nabucco at the Mariinsky.


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