Maia Andrews is an Australian soprano and a member of the Thuringian Opera Studio, a young artist program in cooperation with with the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (DNT), Theater Erfurt, Theater Nordhausen, and Theater Gera/Altenburg. She is about to finish her Masters of Opera at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar under Prof. Siegfried Gohritz, holds a Bachelor of Music/Arts (Performance/French) from the University of New South Wales, and a Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Other courses which greatly influenced her studies were the Internationale Musikakademie für Soloisten under the tutelage of KS Prof. Christiane Iven, the Intensive Audition Training Masterclass at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Munich International Music Academy with Prof. Gerd Uecker, intensive lessons with Jack LiVigni, vocal coach of the Jette Parker Program at Covent Garden (funded by the Wagner Society NSW), and masterclasses with Éva Marton, Catherine Foster, and KS Helen Donath.
In February 2020 Maia performed the role of the Assistant Director in 'Kriminal-Tango' at Theater Altenburg & Gera, singing operatic excerpts by Offenbach and Verdi. In October 2020 at the same theatre in Gera, she performed the role of Anne Frank in Grigori Fried's monooper 'Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank' prompting favourable reviews: “The Australian soprano Maia Andrews enthralled and touched the audience at the premiere. [It was a sensation] ..to experience this sensitive and powerful singer as Anne Frank” [Ostthüringer Zeitung, Bohn]. Most recently in April 2021, Maia was a soloist in the online gala performance of 'Freistatt schöner Geister' celebrating Theater Altenburg's 150 anniversary, singing arias by Weber and Flowtow. All other rehearsed roles for the 20/21 season are currently on hold owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In November of 2019, Maia was invited back to perform Gretel from Humperdinck's 'Hänsel und Gretel' again with the Jenaer Philharmonie after having sung the same role in a Konzertant with them in May 2018. In February 2019, Maia sang the role of Pamina from Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' at the Studiotheater Belvedere Weimar and then again throughout the summer in the open air Musikfestival Oper Oder-Spree, conducted by Georgios Vagianos.
Prior to Maia’s move to Germany in 2016, she was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera where she performed in several concerts, masterclasses, and in their production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' as Susanna. Other operatic roles performed include: Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro, Rockdale Opera), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Sydney Independent Opera), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor, Sydney Conservatorium), and Amy (Little Women, Mark Adamo, Sydney Conservatorium). In 2018 Maia returned to Australia to compete in the MTO German-Australian Opera Grant Competition held in Melbourne, where she received the encouragement prize as a finalist.
Maia has also frequently appeared as a guest soloist for several choirs, orchestras and Lieder organisations in both Germany and Australia. In 2018 she was part of the Debussy Festival held in the Festsaal Fürstenhaus Weimar, performing 5 Mélodies de Bourget and Ariette Oubliées with Vera Andrianova. The duo have also performed concerts of Liszt, Strauss, and Poulenc at the Liszt-Haus and Saal am Palais in Weimar. Maia then sang the soprano solo in 'Matthäus Passion BWV 244' on a tour of Weimar, Köln, and Artern with students of the HfM Weimar. In Australia, she performed works such as Bach’s 'Johannes Passion BWV 245' and 'Cantata BWV 42', Mendelssohn’s 'Psalm 42', Saint-Saens’ 'Oratorio de Noel', Handel’s 'Israel in Egypt', Vivaldi’s 'Magnificat' and 'Gloria', Dvorak's 'Mass in D', Allegri's 'Miserere', and Michael Tippett's 'Crown of the Year'. Maia has toured NSW as a soloist with companies such as Salut! Baroque and Voci Stupende.
Maia is deeply grateful for the support she has received over the course of her studies from: The MTO German-Australian Opera Grant (2018 Finalist and recipient of an Encouragement Prize); The Helpmann Family Foundation Scholarship; the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship; The Opera and Arts Support Group; The Wagner Society NSW; and the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation.