Marion Newman | Mezzo Soprano
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MISSING: BRINGING AWARENESS TO
THE ISSUE OF MURDERED AND MISSING
INDIGENOUS WOMEN THROUGH OPERA

Marion NewmanMarion was greatly honoured to create the role of Dr. Rose Wilson in this beautiful, meaningful new opera by Marie Clements and Brian Current. Premiering in Vancouver with City Opera Vancouver, the cast then toured to Victoria for a run with Pacific Opera Victoria. Fifteen performances later Marion felt changed by the experience both as an artist and as an activist. Being an Indigenous woman, this subject matter is very close to Marion's heart and reality. Having the chance to share this tragic truth with audiences and to see how moved they were by Marie Clement's poetic and searing libretto and Brian Current's mesmerizing and evocative music was very empowering.

Listen to Marion's interview on CBC Radio Q and read another interview in the Wind Speaker for more insight. This is an opera that everyone in Canada should have the opportunity to see and hear. Fingers crossed for a tour!

"...Indigenous guest lecturer Dr. Wilson, played with dignity and power by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, whose discussion of entrenched racism highlights the inherent injustice of Canada’s legal system." - Roberta Staley, The WholeNote 2017

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"Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman exuded strength and restraint in the challenging role of Dr. Wilson, who gets into a heated debate about racism in a college class and has some of the few spoken sections of the opera. She says: 'Answer me this - what happens to a society when we can't recognize another human being as… a part of ourselves? What are we missing?'" - Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist 2017

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"...the opera's catalyst is the surprisingly enlightened University Professor, Dr. Wilson, authoritatively sung by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman…" - Robert Jordan, Opera Canada 2017

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"Ava begins to work with UBC professor Dr. Ruth Wilson (strong First Nations mezzo Marion Newman) to learn the Gitxsan language and culture…" - Robin J. Miller, Opera Canada 2017

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NEW HEADSHOTS

Marion NewmanSee the media page for more new photos! Photo credit for this recent shoot go to the very talented Liz Beddall.

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CURRENT & UPCOMING SEASONS

JAN 8 - 13 | 2018

I Call Myself Princess Workshop
Paper Canoe Projects | Cahoots Theatre | Native Earth Performing Arts

The talented cast of this new play by Jani Lauzon worked through the dialogue and songs that make up this exciting new work. Set to launch for a run in September 2018, this play examines the life of opera singer, Tsianina Redfeather and composer Charles Wakefield Cadman, through the eyes of a young Indigenous tenor from Winnipeg. Stay tuned for more details as you won't want to miss this show!

COC Rehearsal Hall |
Toronto ON

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JAN 20 - 22 | 2018

Shawnadithit Workshop
Tapestry Opera

Marion spent three intensive days working with the cast and creative team on this libretto by Yvette Nolan. Based on the sketches by Shawnadithit, recorded as the last of the Beothuk, this opera will now be developed as an opera by Dean Burry. Performances to be announced for Toronto and Newfoundland in 2019.

Distillery | Toronto ON

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JAN 23 | 2018
7pm

Voices of the Pacific Rim
Vancouver Opera

An exclusive fundraising event that will celebrate and feature world-renowed artists from China, Japan, Korea, Canada and the United States. This intimate concert wil be a rare chance for audience members to be seated on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre's stage alongside these extraordinary world-class performers, for a full program of classical favourites. Performers include Chinese Soprano Ying Fang, Canadian Tenor Andrew Haji, Japanese Baritone Kei Yonashiro, Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations Mezzo-Soprano Marion Newman, Californian-born Violinist Hannah Chung, Chinese Local Multi-Award Winning 9-year Old Pianist Xinyi Wang and Chinese Canadian Cello Prodigy Eileen Tian.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre | Vancouver, BC

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FEB 8, 9, 10 | 2018
7:30pm

The Peasant Cantata |
J.S. Bach
All The Diamonds | Cabaret

Toronto Masque Theatre

Marion sings songs inspired by the Night Sky, with a cast of wonderful singers and instrumentalists, for the cabaret second half of this eclectic concert.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse | 106 Trinity Street
Toronto ON

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MAR 2 - 4 | 2018

Forward Currents Festival
Regina Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Gordon Gerrard and the Regina Symphony iare taking a bold new step in creating this festival that will bring together music and the arts to inspire connections and spark conversations about issues that affect us and our community. This year the focus will be Truth and Reconciliation. Marion will perform works of Métis composer Ian Cusson and Bramwell Tovey for two of these three concerts. A line-up of exciting Indigenous musicians and dancers fill out the rest of this must-see-and-hear programme.

Mackenzie Art Gallery
Regina SK

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MAR 24 | 2018
8:00pm
MAR 25 | 2018
2:30pm

The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
Voicebox

This will be the world premiere of the opera by Victor Davies, based on the play by George Ryga. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe is a contemporary tragedy that condemns the brutality of a system that sentenced Indigenous people to lives of social and spiritual poverty. Conductor: Robert Cooper. Marion is Rita Joe and will be joined by Rose-Ellen Nichols, Evan Korbut, Everett Morrison, Michelle Lafferty and Michael Robert-Broder.

Toronto ON

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MAY 23, 25, 26 | 2018
8pm

Vancouver Symphony
on Tour

Vancouver Symphony

Marion will tour to Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto with the symphony, performing Bramwell Tovey's gorgeous and thought provoking orchestral songs, Ancestral Voices. Bramwell wrote these pieces for Marion in 2017 and she premiered them at the VSO's final Masterworks concert, then toured to Whistler for Canada Day and throughout the Okanagan in the Fall of 2017. Marion is particularly thrilled to be sharing these songs and their important message of Truth and Reconciliation with a broader Canadian audience.

Centennial Concert Hall | Winnipeg MB
 
National Arts Centre |
Ottawa ON
 
Roy Thomson Hall |
Toronto ON

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FEB 2 | 2019
8pm
FEB 5 | 2019
7:30pm
FEB 8 | 2019
7:30pm

Hansel & Gretel
Edmonton Opera

Marion will join a wonderful cast and creative team to play the part of the Mother in this well-known fairy tale, based on the Brothers Grimm. The gorgeous music of Engelbert Humperdink is not to be missed! This is the perfect opera for all ages.

Edmonton AB

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