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The soprano Maya Villanueva is a very beautiful Zélime. The young woman endorses Zélime's doubts and hopes and vocally, we are treated to a life-size singing demonstration. Everything is there: ample voice, wide range, beautiful medium, insolent highs, assumed lows.  

LyriqueInfo, 2022

"Our big crush goes to the soprano Maya Villanueva. She was certainly a siren in a past life, so captivating is her singing.”

West France, 2020

To be noted first: the soloist Maya Villanueva, with an overwhelming tone of voice, an astonishing power and a very convincing sense of nuance too. The soprano stands out as the star of the evening!"  

ResMusica, 2019

"The cast is ideal. The soprano Maya Villanueva plays beautiful high notes, for a moving Lis."

Opera Magazine, 2018

"An undeniable magnetism on stage."  

Classicnews, 2018












Gérard Pesson

Les Métaboles

Festival d'Automne de Paris

Eglise Saint-Eustache



Sortie de disque

Falla le Parisien

Avec David Saudubray, piano

Klarthe Records






Al Gran Sole Carico d'Amore

Luigi Nono

Germany, Staatstheater Mainz



Vers toi qui est si loin 

Soprano solo

Ravel, Saariaho, Hudry, Trollet...

Ensemble Regards

Festival Sonomundo

Bibliothèque musicale

La Grange-Fleuret, Paris




Splendeurs italiennes

Carissimi, Gabrieli, Allegri

La Ninna

Avec Yoann Moulin, clavecin

Boulogne-sur-Mer, St Nicolas Church




Works by Arvo Pärt

Alia Mens / Olivier Spilmont

Boulogne-sur-Mer, St Nicolas Church



Singing Ravel - Les Métaboles

Œuvres de Ravel

Théâtre de Privas,




Light lyrical soprano, Maya Villanueva puts her voice at the service of many aesthetics, from the Baroque and Mozartian repertoire to the 20th century, including French melody and the Hispano-American repertoire. She also defends the music of today's composers on stage and on record.

In April 2022, she will sing the role of Zélime in La Caravane du Caire by André Modeste Grétry at the Grand Théâtre de Tours. In May 2018, she created the title role of the opera by Benoît Menut Fando et Lis at the Opéra de Saint-Étienne (dir. Daniel Kawka). She also collaborates with Michaël Levinas during the creation of her last opera The Little Prince (doubling of the title role). She is the creator of works by Gabriel Sivak ( Tres Instantes Oníricos for voice, cello and piano), Magic Malik (Odes and Lahera around the tabla), Benoît Menut (Quantas, Grand Prix SACEM 2016), Suzanne Giraud (Le Chant du Marais, musical tale by, and with Pascal Quignard).

In October 2019, she is the soloist of Les Enfants du Marais by Suzanne Giraud, a World Premiere with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Maîtrise de Radio France, in partnership with France Culture. She also sings the roles of Barbarina (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro , Opéra en Plein Air), Florentine (Caccini / Cavalieri, La Pellegrina, Opéra de Dijon), Drusilla (Monteverdi, L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Amour (Gluck, Orphée et Eurydice), Suzanne (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), Elisa (Mozart, Il Re Pastore).

Finally, she gives numerous recitals: Lima (Peru), Trondheim (Norway), La Scala Paris, Festival Royaumont, Paris Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Festival de Saintes, Mercredis Musicaux de l'Opéra de Lille, Festival de Chaillol, Festival International of Beauvais...

Her discography includes the complete melodies for voice and piano of Alberto Ginastera (2016, Klarthe Records / **** Classica, 4 keys Opéra Magazine, ***** Pizzicato), the Songs of Prévert & Kosma (2015, Anima) as well as the melodies of Claude Debussy in a double CD with the Quintette Syntonia (2018, Klarthe Records/ **** Classica) and the music of the Argentinian composer Gabriel Sivak (La Patience, 2019, Klarthe Records). She is also the vocal soloist of the CD of music by Benoît Menut entitled Les Îles (June 2020, Harmonia Mundi). Her next album, dedicated to the melodies of Manuel de Falla, will be released in autumn 2022 on Klarthe Records.

Born in Paris and of Peruvian origin, Maya comes from a family of artists. She began to play music by learning the violin and the piano, then at the age of ten, she joined the Maîtrise de Radio France. She acquired a solid musical education there and sang with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit… She then studied at the CRR in Paris while following a course in Literature, Language and Spanish/ Latin American Civilizations. at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) , before being admitted to the CNSM in Paris. She also studied with Sophie Hervé and Jean-Philippe Lafont, completed her training by learning baroque with Nicolau de Figueiredo, Leonardo García Alarcón, Andreas Scholl and melody and lied with Patrick Cohen, Maciej Pikulski, François Le Roux, Jeff Cohen and Christian Ivaldi.

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