Soprano Maia Andrews recently relocated back to Australia after many years performing in Europe, including the title role in Grigori Frid’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank at Theater Altenburg Gera in 2020, and in 2020-2021 as a soloist in a wide range of repertoire for operatic gala concerts, including recordings for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk.
In 2019 Maia performed the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in the Oper Oder-Spree festival and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel in a return appearance with the Jenaer Philharmonie. Other roles include: Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro; Zerlina in Don Giovanni; Mademoiselle Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor; and Amy in Little Women. Her latest operatic engagement was in the role of Une Italienne in Pinchgut’s production of Charpentier’s Medée at the City Recital Hall in Sydney in December 2022.
Last year Maia was the soloist for Mozart’s Mass in C and Schubert’s Mass in G with the UNSW Collegium Music Choir and Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat in D BWV 243 with the Phoenix Choir Blackheath and Bach’s Cantata BWV 140 with St Andrew’s Cathedral. She also toured the Women of the Pietà with Pinchgut Opera. Upcoming in May 2023 is Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Phoenix Choir Blackheath.
Maia was a member of the Thuringian Opera Studio and holds a Masters of Opera (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar), Diploma of Opera (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and Bachelor of Music/Arts (UNSW). Awards include MTO German-Australian Opera Grant, Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarship, Opera and Arts Support Group, NSW Wagner Society, and Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation.
Most recently, Maia was awarded a position in Opera Queensland’s 2023 Young Artist Program. She joined the cast of Sunset Opera at South Bank in March and will understudy the role of Fiordiligi in the new production of Così fan tutte, directed by Patrick Nolan, in August at QPAC.