Maria Maksakova Jr.

Maria Petrovna Maksakova Jr. (born July 24, 1977) is a German-born Russian opera singer.

Maia is a guest soloist with Bolshoi Theater (since 2003), soloist with Moscow’s Helikon-Opera (since 2006) and Mariinsky Opera Company (2011). She is the daughter of actress Lyudmila Maksakova and granddaughter of Maria Petrovna Maksakova Sr., a renowned Russian and Soviet opera singer. Maria Maksakova is the laureate of several prestigious events (including the Moscow International Opera Festival in 2000 and the II Obraztsova International Competition in 2002). Her extensive chamber repertoire includes works by Schumann, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov.

In October 2016, Maksakova relocated from Moscow to Kiev, Ukraine, with her husband Denis Voronenkov and baby son, saying that they were fleeing the political persecution of Voronenkov in Russia. On March 23, 2017, Voronenkov was murdered in Kiev.