Soprano "lirico-leggero" Maya Villanueva uses her bright and colorful voice and her ability to vocalise at the service of many musical genres, from Baroque repertoire to French song and 20th century repertoire. She also works with contemporary composers and sings Spanish American music.
During the 2017/18 season, Maya will be singing together with Mathias Vidal the title role in the French opera Fando et Lis, by Benoît Menut inspired by Fernando Arrabal's novel, at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne. She also goes on tour as Barbarina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with the troupe Opéra en Plein Air.
Her most recent CD is dedicated to Alberto Ginastera's complete songs with the pianist Romain David (2016, Klarthe). Regularly broadcasted on France Musique, this record was acclaimed by the press (4 Stars Classica, 4 Keys Opera Magazine, 5 Eights Notes Pizzicato, CD of the week on Concertclassic...) Maya also recorded Chansons by Prévert and Kosma (2015, Anima). Her forthcoming CD with the Syntonia Quintet, is dedicated to Claude Debussy and will be released in 2018 (Klarthe Records).
In 2016, at the Festival de Royaumont, she sang a creation by Magic Malik and Prabhu Edouard entitled Odes et Lahera autour du tabla, and Quantas by Benoît Menut for the Sacem Awards. She worked with Michaël Levinas during the creation of his last Opera Le Petit Prince and created Le Chant du Marais, a musical tale written and performed by Pascal Quignard for soprano, cello and recitant, with a music composed by Suzanne Giraud.
She gave many recitals at the Salle Gaveau, in Paris, with the pianist Ferenc Vizi , at the Festival de Saintes with Les Cyclopes and Benoît Arnould, at the Opera of Lille, and sang at many festivals such as the Festival Tempo (Le Croisic), Autour du Ventoux, Musique à Groix, le Festival de Kersaint and le Festival de Chaillol...
Trained pianist and violinist, Maya Villanueva joined the Maîtrise de Radio France at the age of ten. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP), and with Sophie Hervé. She also benefited from the knowledge of Annick Massis, Jean-Pierre Furlan, Kurt Widmer, Andreas Scholl, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Patrick Cohen, Maciej Pikulski, Nathalie Dang, François Le Roux, Christian Ivaldi and Jeff Cohen.