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"Our big crush goes to Maya Villanueva. She was certainly a mermaid in a previous life, her singing is so haunting."

Ouest France, 2020

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

ResMusica, 2019

"The cast is ideal. Soprano Maya Villanueva delivers beautiful highs, for a moving Lis."

Opera Magazine, 2018

"An undeniable magnetism on stage."

Classiquenews, 2018

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2021

27

JAN

France Musique, The 8 p.m. concert

France Musique, The 8 p.m. concert

Recorded during the Festival "Aux Armes, Contemporains! # 5 - Les ÎLES by Benoît Menut at La Scala in Paris on 10/12/2020

25

MARS

"The Angels" - Les Métaboles

Royaumont

"The Angels" - Les Métaboles

Dir. Léo Warynski

Œuvres de Purcell, Harvey

23

24

MAI

Enregistrement disque - Manuel de Falla

Auditorium Marcel Landowski

CRR de Paris

Enregistrement disque Manuel de Falla

Mélodies

Piano : David Saudubray

05

JUIN

Beauvais International Festival

Beauvais

Beauvais International Festival

Works by Benoît Menut, with cellists Emmanuelle Bertrand and Patrick Langot

20h30

12

JUIN

Beauvais International Festival

Paris, Collège des Bernardins

"Europa" - ONDIF / Les Métaboles

Works by Beethoven, Grieg, Dvořák and traditional songs

17h

19

JUIN

Le Chant des Îles

Lançon Provence, Festival Musique à la Ferme

Le Chant des Îles

Quanta de Benoît Menut, Irish & Welsh songs de Beethoven

Avec l'Ensemble Syntonia

20h30

20

JUIN

El Sueño Argentino

El Sueño Argentino

Œuvres de Ginastera, Guastavino, Piazzolla et Gabriel Sivak

Romain David, piano / Patrick Langot, violoncelle

Lançon Provence, Festival Musique à la Ferme

Le caquet des femmes

Festival de Goulaine

Le caquet des femmes

Portraits féminins à la Renaissance et à l'époque baroque

Œuvres de Janequin, Lassus, Purcell...

20h

17

JUIL

Mysterious Nativity - Les Métaboles

Semaines musicales de Quimper

Festival Autour du Ventoux

"Leaving School" / Songs by Prévert and Kosma

Patrick Langot, cello

Philippe Barbey-Lallia, piano and arrangements

06

AOÛT

Singing Ravel - Les Métaboles

Vézelay, Cité de la Voix

Festival Autour du Ventoux

"Leaving School" / Songs by Prévert and Kosma

Patrick Langot, cello

Philippe Barbey-Lallia, piano and arrangements

20

AOÛT

The Angels - Les Métaboles

Festival de la Chaise-Dieu

Festival Autour du Ventoux

"Leaving School" / Songs by Prévert and Kosma

Patrick Langot, cello

Philippe Barbey-Lallia, piano and arrangements

22

AOÛT

 
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BIOGRAPHY

Soprano "lirico-leggiero" Maya Villanueva uses her voice in a number of musical genres, from Baroque repertoire and Mozart to the 20th century repertoire, including French Song and Spanish American repertoire. For her it is important to share her talents both on stage and through recordings of today's contemporary composers.

In May 2018 she took on the lead role in the French opera Fando et Lis by Benoît Menut, at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne (conductor : Daniel Kawka), a successful creation which won acclaim from both the public and the press. She collaborated with Michaël Levinas in the composition of his last opera, Le Petit Prince, and she is the creator of works by Gabriel Sivak (Tres Instantes Onirícos for voice, cello and piano), Magic Malik and Prabhu Edouard (Odes and Lahera around the Tabla), Benoît Menut (Quantas), Suzanne Giraud (Le Chant du Marais, a musical tale written and performed by Pascal Quignard for soprano, cello and recitant, with music composed by Suzanne Giraud).

 

In october 2019, she created the solo part of Les Enfants du Marais by Suzanne Giraud and Pascal Quignard, in collaboration with Radio France's Philharmonic Orchestra and the Maîtrise, in partnership with France Culture.

Her new CD of Benoît Menut's compositions, featuring cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and members of the Syntonia Piano Quintet will be released in May 2020 (Harmonia Mundi).

Among her projects in 2021, she will sing the role of Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, and Yniold in Debussy's Pelleas and Melisande.

 

Her discography includes the Complete works for voice and piano by Alberto Ginastera  (4 Stars Classica, 4 Keys Opera Magazine, 5 Eights Notes Pizzicato, CD of the week on Concertclassic...); Songs by Prévert and Kosma (2015, Anima); Songs by Claude Debussy with the Syntonia Quintet (Klarthe Records, 2018), and recently a new CD with the music of the young composer Gabriel Sivak (La Patience, 2019, Klarthe Records).

On stage she has performed roles such as Barbarina, Susana (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), Drusilla (Monteverdi, l'Incoronazione di Poppea), Amour (Gluck, Orfeo and Eurydice) and Elisa (Mozart, Il Re Pastore). She has also performed in Oratorio in many venues, such as Le Quartz de Brest (Coronation Mass by Mozart) and Le Grand Théâtre de Poissy (Requiem by Mozart).

She has performed in recital in: Trondheim (Norway), Lima (Peru), London, Luton (UK), Festival de Royaumont, Paris Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Opéra de Lille, Festival de Saintes, Festival Tempo (Le Croisic), festivals de Chaillol, de Kersaint, Autour du Ventoux...

Born in Paris and of Peruvian origin, Maya comes from a family of artists. A trained pianist and violinist, she joined the Maîtrise de Radio France at the age of ten where she adquired a solid musical and stagecraft training, and sang under the direction of conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, James Conlon and Charles Dutoit. She continued to study singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP). She also benefited from having Sophie Hervé, Annick Massis, Jean-Pierre Furlan and Kurt Widmer as mentors. She studied Baroque repertoire with Andreas Scholl, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Nicolas de Figueiredo, Martin Gester and French Art Song and the Lied with Patrick Cohen, Maciej Pikulski, Nathalie Dang, François Le Roux, Christian Ivaldi and Jeff Cohen.