Marion Newman made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2003 as Margret in Alban Berg's Wozzeck. She returned as the goddess Juno in POV's 2004 production of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest and in September 2010 was Tisbe in Rossini's Cinderella. She performs the role of Dr. Wilson in the November 2017 world première production of Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, a co-commission and co-production with POV and City Opera Vancouver.
Kwagiulth and Stů:lo First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano Marion Newman is firmly established as one of Canadaís most accomplished singers. Marionís operatic roles include Carmen and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Marion has performed with Canadaís premier chamber groups, orchestras and contemporary ensembles and choral groups in repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Vivier.
Recent appearances include world premières of several works, operas and concerts that speak to Marionís First Nations identity. Marion is much sought-after as an advisor for arts organizations wishing to take an active and continuing role in reconciliation.
Highlights in 2017/18 include Jennifer Butlerís Klee Wyck Woman with Emily Carr String Quartet, Messiah with London Symphonia, the title role in Victor Daviesí The Ecstasy of Rita Joe with Voicebox:Opera in Concert, and performances of the song cycle Ancestral Voices (Tovey) with Vancouver Symphony on tour in BC, Manitoba and Ontario.
Marion made her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Victoria Symphony, not as a singer, but as a pianist, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 488 in A Major. She holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Victoria and a Master of Music with Distinction in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Marion Newman on Opera and Aboriginal culture:
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