MARION NEWMAN

Mezzo-Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano Marion Newman’s “beautiful voice has heft and power, but at the same time an innate sweetness” (Opera Canada) and she has been noted as "a show stealer" (BBC Music Magazine). In her Irish debut with Cork’s Opera 2005 in the title role of Carmen, she was widely praised for her “superbly sinuous sexuality” and as a “very exciting new talent” by the Irish Examiner. She returned to Cork to appear as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and again performed this role, delighting the critics, with Opera Lyra Ottawa, at the National Arts Centre.

 

On the concert stage, Marion has performed with the best ensembles, symphonies and choirs across Canada. Her extensive repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Mozart’s Requiem. Marion has been featured five times as a soloist on CBC’s National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and opened the 2002 Royal Golden Jubilee Gala at Roy Thomson Hall, where she performed the National Anthem before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Upcoming appearances include world premieres of several works, operas and concerts that speak to Marion’s First Nations identity. She is much sought after as an advisor for arts organizations wishing to take an active and continuing role in reconciliation.

 

Highlights in 2016/17 include Messiah with Regina Symphony Orchestra and with Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, a solo recital at Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and “Thunderbird” with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings.

 

Marion’s discography includes The Lesson of Da Ji, an opera by Canadian composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan, with Marion in the title role, five discs with the Aradia Ensemble for Naxos and Sea Change, with Continuum Contemporary Music.

As Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera Lyra Ottawa –

"Marion Newman’s Rosina is charming, playful, and quite believable as a young starlet hemmed in by her keepers. Her sumptuous mezzo tone and impressive vocal agility takes the spotlight in ‘Una voce poco fa’..."

 Chrissy Steinbock, Apt. 613

SELECTED ROLES

Carmen | Carmen

Rosina | Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Tisbe | La Cenerentola

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Bach | St. John Passion

Handel | Messiah

Rossini | Petite Messe Solennelle

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Dec 2016

 

 

AUDIO

Marion Newman

Kinanu

 

Rossini

Una voce poco fa

Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Bizet

Habenera

Carmen

 

Vivaldi

Recitative:
Infelice Griselda;
Aria: Ho Il Cor Gia Lacero

Griselda


Dustin Peter

Nugwam
Thunderbird

Marion Newman, Mezzo-Soprano

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

RESUME

Opera

Margret

Carmen

 

Kate

Goffredo

Da Ji

Juno

Hansel

Lola

Ericlea

Don Ramiro

Third Lady

Cherubino

 

Asa

La Zia Principessa

Zita / Ciesca

Sorceress

Cinderella

Rosina

 

Tisbe

The Double

Flora

Griselda

Noodin-Kwe

Berg

Bizet

 

Dvorak

Handel

Ho/Chan

Hoiby

Humperdinck

Mascagni

Monteverdi

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

 

Murphy/Gervais

Puccini

Puccini

Purcell

Rossini/Massenet

Rossini

 

Rossini

Ruders

Verdi

Vivaldi

Welch/Magowan

Pacific Opera Victoria

Opera 2005, Cork, Ireland

Opera York, Toronto

Opera in Concert

Aradia Ensemble (NAXOS recording)

Toronto Masque Theatre

Pacific Opera Victoria

Opera Hamilton

Opera Hamilton

Il Ruggiero, Nuremberg, Germany

UBC, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic

Vancouver Opera

Opera Lyra, Ottawa

Centre for Opera Sulmona Italy COSI

Tapestry New Opera

La Musica Lirica, Italy

La Musica Lirica, Italy

Toronto Masque Theatre

Opera Lyra, Ottawa

Opera 2005, Cork, Ireland

Toronto Philharmonia

Pacific Opera Victoria

Canadian Opera Company

Ateneo, Sulmona, Italy

Opera in Concert, Toronto

Native Earth Performing Arts

* Understudy | † In Concert

Oratorio

B Minor Mass

Cantata BWV 4

Magnificat

 

St. John Passion

 

Mass in C Major, Op 86

Liebeslieder Walzer Op 52

Messe de Minuit pour Noel

In the Beginning

El Amor Brujo

Requiem

Pélleas et Mélisande Suite

"Topsy-Turvydom"

Dixit Dominus

 

Messiah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronation Mass

 

Davidde Penitente

Mass in C Minor

Requiem

 

 

Magnificat

Petite Messe Solennelle

 

Clarae, stellae, scintillate RV625

Gloria

Stabat Mater

 

 

"Vivaldi Concert"

Bach

Bach

Bach

 

Bach

 

Beethoven

Brahms

Charpentier

Copland

de Falla

Duruflé

Fauré

Gilbert & Sullivan

Handel

 

Handel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mozart

 

Mozart

Mozart

Mozart

 

 

Raminsh

Rossini

 

Vivaldi

Vivaldi

Vivaldi

 

 

Vivaldi

St. John the Divine, Victoria

CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble/Portland Baroque

Ottawa Choral Society

Bell’Arte Singers/Talisker Players, Toronto

Kingston Symphony, Ontario

St. John the Divine, Victoria

Victoria Symphony/CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble

CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble

Aradia, CBC Radio broadcast

CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble, Victoria

Toronto Philharmonia

St John the Divine, Victoria

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Bell’Arte Singers/ Talisker Players

National Ballet, Toronto

Cellar Singers, Orillia

Victoria Symphony

Fanshawe Chorus, London ON

Prince George Symphony

Symphony Nova Scotia

Elora Festival Singers

Kingston Symphony

Elmer Iseler Singers

St. Lawrence Choir, Montreal

Karen Schuessler Singers, London

St. Lawrence Choir, Montreal

London Fanshawe Chorus

Victoria Symphony/CapriCCio

Toronto Korean-Canadian Choir

Vancouver Symphony

Ottawa Choral Society

Cantata Singers, Ottawa

Choeur St.-Laurent

Aradia Ensemble, CBC Radio 2 and

Salt&Light Television

Sooke Philharmonic, Sooke BC

Aradia Ensemble, CBC Radio 2

Salt&Light Television

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa

Concerts

Wozzeck

Carmen

 

The Devil and Kate

Rinaldo

The Lesson of Da Ji

The Tempest

Hansel and Gretel

Cavalleria Rusticana

Il Ritorno di Ulisse

Die Gärtnerin Aus liebe

Die Zauberflöte

Le Nozze di Figaro

 

Oksana G.†

Suor Angelica

Gianni Schicchi

Dido and Aeneas†

Cenerentola/Cendrillon

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

 

La Cenerentola

The Handmaid’s Tale*

La Traviata

La Griselda

Giiwedin

Thunderbird

Recital – Gregory Oh, Piano

Life Cycles

Inbreath

Songs of the Soul

Royal Gala Concert

Spirit Dreaming

The Prayer

Anytime, Anywhere

Pops Concert (Vera Lynn Songs)

Opening Ceremonies

Somewhere

Solo Concert (Operatic Arias)

 

 

 

 

 

CBC Television

 

CBC Television

CBC Television

 

CBC Television

CBC Television

Aradia Ensemble

Women’s Musical Club of Toronto

Ergo Ensemble

Continuum Contemporary Music

Talisker Players

Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Talisker Players

National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Victoria Symphony

National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Victoria Symphony

Recordings

Cantata no. 4

Messe de minuit pour Noel

Rinaldo (Goffredo)

The Lesson of Da JI

Sea Change (Brushlines)

Griselda (Griselda)

Sacred Music 2

Bach

Charpentier

Handel

Ho/Chan

Linda C. Smith

Vivaldi

Vivaldi

Virga Recordings / CapriCCio

NAXOS / Aradia Ensemble

NAXOS / Aradia Ensemble

Canadian Music Centre

Continuum Contemporary Music

NAXOS / Aradia Ensemble

NAXOS / Aradia Ensemble

REVIEWS


“…a jewel in Canada’s impressive performing arts crown.”

Peter Herrndorf, National Arts Centre

 

As Da Ji on The Lesson of Da Ji Recording –

"In the title role, Marion Newman sings with rich, opulent tone and her delivery pulses with the multiple meanings of her duplicitous existence."

Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News

 

As Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera Lyra Ottawa –

“Marion Newman was a charming, coy, lively Rosina, all flashing dark eyes and mobile, expressive mouth... with rich colour, effortless long phrasing, and judicious musicality."

Natasha Gauthier, The Ottawa Citizen

 

"Marion Newman’s Rosina is charming, playful, and quite believable as a young starlet hemmed in by her keepers. Her sumptuous mezzo tone and impressive vocal agility takes the spotlight in ‘Una voce poco fa’..."

 Chrissy Steinbock, Apt. 613

As Da Ji inThe Lesson of Da Ji, Toronto Masque Theatre –

"Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman has full, rounded voice and easily captures the many facets of Da Ji’s nature – flirtatiousness, anger, fear, shame, pride – that make her such a fascinating character."

Christopher Hoile, Stage-Door.com

 

"Newman continues to impress with both acting and vocal skills. Her beautiful voice has heft and power, but at the same time an innate sweetness. She modulates it extremely well."

Paula Citron, Opera Canada

 

"Mezzo Marion Newman stood out in this excellently prepared cast... Newman, who is on stage for the opera's full hour, was able to bring a wide dramatic and vocal range to the role of Da Ji"

John Terauds, MusicalToronto.org

 

As Kate in The Devil and Kate with Opera in Concert –

"Sparkling mezzo soprano Marion Newman… as Kate, has a seductive vibrato that caresses the ears"

Paula Citron, Classical 96.3

 

El Amor Brujo and Carmen arias with Peterborough Symphony –

“But it was in the Bizet arias where Newman really shone. In addition to a beautiful, velvety voice, she has an enormous breadth of vocal colours as well as an agile technique which allowed her to move with ease from dark brooding passages to bright, sprightly moods as the music demanded.”

Timothy McGee, Peterborough Examiner

 

As Noodin-Kwe in Giiwedin with Native Earth Performing Arts –

"One would like to hear more from Noodin-Kwe... Newman’s rich, powerful voice is ideal for Noodin-Kwe, so much so that we would like longer arias simply to showcase it."

Christopher Hoile, Eye Weekly

 

"Marion Newman (Noodin-Kwe) came to the project with an already formidable reputation. She has a gorgeous voice, lustrous and burnished in sound, which she can bend at will, whether as a soft lullaby for her child or a singing declamation against injustice."

Paula Citron, Opera Canada

 

“But the greatest accolades go to the committed, passionate and enthusiastic cast, led by First Nations mezzo Marion Newman, who successfully brought to life Noodin-Kwe, the fictional and symbolic 150 year old native woman fighting for her land. Yes, I believe those were real tears on her face at the end of the final scene."

Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

 

As Goffredo in Aradia Ensemble’s Naxos recording of Handel’s Rinaldo

“Marion Newman, showing remarkable versatility for such a small role; she has a magnificently full-bodied voice reminiscent of Jennifer Larmore’s in her “Mio cor, che mi sai dir?” and a tamed, almost without vibrato, and androgynous tone in “Sorge nel petto.”

Jacqueline Waeber, Early Music America

 

"Outstanding is the performance of Marion Newman in the role of Goffredo"

John Butt, Project Muse

 

"Marion Newman is an expressive, rather vibrant Griselda and the recitative and aria that finish act 1 (CD 1 tr. 15) is a dramatic high-spot."

Göran Forsling, Music Web International

 

"Marion Newman is a good Griselda, noble and sympathetic, with a warm timbre."

Bob Stanton, Amazon.ca

 

"...what really won me over to the Aradia disc was the passionate and moving performance by Canadian mezzo-soprano Marion Newman in the Stabat Mater. As they say in the movies, worth the price of admission."

Heidi Mackenzie, The Whole Note Magazine

 

As Carmen with Opera 2005 –

“Marion Newman in the principal role of Carmen is a very exciting new talent. She sparked an electricity which totally engrossed the audience with her superbly sinuous sexuality… Prudes may raise their eyebrows at the sensuality of this Carmen; theatregoers will clamour for more”

Irish Examiner, Cork Ireland

 

Women's Musical Club of Toronto Recital –

"...[Marion] sings in a voice rich in tones of seduction towards the erotic."

 

"There was magic in the collaboration of voice and piano during the concluding performance of Mahler's introverted love song cycle Fünf Ruckert Lieder... and the warm richness of Marion Newman's vocal colours opened space after space of feelings extenuated to the verges of pain."

Stanley Fefferman, ShowtimeMagazine.ca

 

As Carmen with Opera York –

"...the most memorable performance of the evening belonged to mezzo Marion Newman (Carmen), gifted with an excellent voice and impressive stage presence. Newman, a comparative newcomer, is a real find. She imbued her Carmen with a charming seductiveness and beautifully warm legato line that marks her as a talent to watch."

Timothy McGee, Opera Canada

 

As Margaret in Wozzeck with Pacific Opera Victoria –

"Marion Newman as Margret has the acting chops and the voice to add depth to her supporting role."

Times Colonist, Victoria