Marion Newman | Mezzo Soprano
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"For the Indigenous peoples of North America the thunderbird is part of their cultural story. For Marion Newman, a British Columbia born mezzo-soprano with Kwagiulth and Stó:l? roots, the Thunderbird is a piece of music that she performs. This week in a concert of "stormy" music with Thirteen Strings, she'll be singing the piece. She talks about the music and her perspective on classical music, Canada 150 and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in this email interview with ARTSFILE's Peter Robb."

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"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

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Marion Newman

This December Marion is switching up her holiday tradition of singing Handel's Messiah to embark on a wonderfully fun adventure with Toronto Masque Theatre. Come enjoy a Newfoundland Kitchen Party with wine and grog, in the tradition of mummering. Music, Dancing and storytelling in the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse near the Distillery District of Toronto. Pictured here: Larry Beckwith, Giles Tomkins and Marion Newman in a very serious artistic photoshoot for Mummer's Masque by Dean Burry. Does it get any more Canadian than this?



Emily Carr - War Canoes

"Marion Newman’s way with the words is top-notch. Her voice rings out thrillingly in the Walker Court, especially when she moved around during Carmen’s Habanera."

– Michael Johnston
Nov 2015

"Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman was the featured soloist after intermission. The venue gave her beautiful mezzo added resonance; She sang a variety of pieces by Schubert, Bizet, Purcell, Elgar, as well as two short pieces composed by Sherkin for the occasion... Overall, a most successful new venture by the AGO."

– Musical Toronto, Joseph So
Nov 2015

November 13, 20 & 27 remain for you to come and enjoy this wonderful evening at the AGO.



Marion Newman

Pictured here with Josh Hopkins as Figaro, Marion is singing the role of Rosina with Opera Lyra Ottawa from September 26 to October 3, 2015 at the National Arts Centre. Set in a movie studio in 1940's Spain, Rosina is a starlet, currently filming the opera Carmen. Figaro is the studio stylist and Bartolo the overbearing movie producer who aims to keep Rosina locked in her trailer. The dashing Lindoro (count Almaviva) is Rosina's romantic ray of hope for escape! Come hear this wonderful young, all Canadian cast. For tickets and information, visit



Emily Carr - War Canoes

Explore the lush world of British Columbia through the eyes of the iconic Canadian artist, Emily Carr. This concert includes readings from Klee Wyck, music of Canadian composers Tobin Stokes, Anna Höstman and Dustin Peters as well as Marion's own composition, Kinanu. This concert works beautifully for orchestra as well as for the more intimate piano and hand drum setting. For more information and bookings contact Kathy Domoney, director of Domoney Artists at 416-882-4382.



Marion will be singing the Mozart Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony on April 18th, 2015. If you are in the Vancouver area for this, put it in your calendar as it's going to be a wonderful concert! The marvellous Bramwell Tovey conducts and the other soloists are Melanie Krueger - soprano, Colin Ainsworth - tenor and Stephen Hegedus - baritone. The UBC Opera Ensemble will sing the choruses. For tickets, visit



The Continuum Ensemble has posted a video of the entire concert performed in December 2013. This wonderful set of 11 pieces for 7 players and mezzo-soprano is a response to the people, environment and spirit of Bella Coola, BC.

Several years ago, during an opera workshop, it came to light that Bella Coola is the valley where Marion was born and where composer Anna Höstman spent her childhood. Anna collaborated with Dylan Robinson and Patrick Nickleson as well as Marion while she created this work.

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Marion NewmanMarion is thrilled to announce that she will be singing one of her favourite roles, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, with Opera Lyra Ottawa and the National Arts Centre Orchestra this season. Marion has previously performed this role both on the concert stage in Toronto and in a full production in Cork, Ireland. The Ottawa Citizen has this to say in their article announcing the season, from Feb. 18, 2015:

"The season opens in September with a version of Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville set on a 1940s film set in Spain then ruled by the dictator Francisco Franco.

But this performance is all about the comedy. In this version, the central female character Rosina is a young actress in a movie about Carmen. The barber Figaro is in this instance a studio stylist and Bartolo, Rosina’s domineering guardian, is this time around the head of the film studio. “It’s ridiculous but it’s hysterical,” Mallon says.

The cast is also Canadian, with mezzo-soprano Marion Newman as Rosina, Pembroke baritone Joshua Hopkins plays Figaro, tenor Isaiah Bell as Count Almaviva, baritone Peter McGillivray as Bartolo, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins as Basilio, baritone Ben Covey as Fiorello and Ottawa-based soprano Maghan McPhee as Berta. Performances are Sept. 26, 28, 30 and Oct. 3 in Southam Hall starting at 8 p.m."

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NOV | 2016

Weesageechak Festival Workshop

The Weesageechak Festival is programming a short excerpt of Metis composer Ian Cusson's new work. This will be a workshop format.

Toronto ON

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DEC 10 | 2016

Handel's Messiah
Regina Symphony

Marion sings the alto solos for this holiday favourite with the Regina Symphony, under the baton of the fabulous Gordon Gerrard.

Knox Metropolitan United Church
Regina SK

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DEC 16, 17, 18 | 2016

Handel's Messiah
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

As alto soloist, Marion will join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for three performances of this holiday favourite in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, with maestra Rosemary Thomson.

Kelowna, Penticton & Vernon BC

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JAN 5 | 2017

Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Along with friends and colleagues Adam Sherkin and Kathleen Kajioca, Marion will present a concert on the theme of reconciliation. This concert will include the Kwakwala Echo/Sap'a song cycle by composer Dustin Peters, as well as Marion's own lullaby, Kinanu.

Toronto ON

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FEB 26 | 2017

Fugitive Voices
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

As part of the 2017 VSO Symphony at the Annex series, Marion will perform composer Anna Höstman's work, Nuyam?-i? Kulhulmx – Singing the Earth. In this work, Anna has woven the surroundings and cultures of Bella Coola BC into music. Bella Coola is where Anna spent her childhood and incidentally, where Marion was born. This work includes an installation created by Anna Höstman, Dylan Robinson and Patrick Nickelsen.

Annex Theatre
Vancouver BC

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APR 8 | 2017

Our Canada
Victoria Symphony

Marion is a guest artist with Victoria Symphony in a concert celebrating Canada's 150th birthday, exploring our country's rich literary community and connection to music. Curated by acclaimed novelist Jack Hodgins, Marion sings Tobin Stokes's "Klee Wyck" with text from Emily Carr's book; Tania Miller, conductor.

Alix Goolden Hall
Victoria BC

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MAY 12 | 2017
7:30 PM

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

Ottawa's thirteen strings will juxtapose the Aboriginal Thunderbird legend with baroque versions of Shakespeare's The Tempest by Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell. Combining dance, art and song Marion will is delighted to once again sing Dustin Peters' exciting work "Thunderbird".

St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts
310 St. Patrick St
Ottawa ON

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MAY 26 | 2017
7:30 PM

Mendelssohn's Elijah
CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble

Marion is mezzo soloist in this magnificent oratorio, alongside Benjamin Butterfield, tenor and Gary Relyea, bass-baritone.

Christ Church Cathedral
Victoria BC

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JUN 10, 11, 12 | 2017

The Titan: VSO Season Finale
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Marion will sing the world premiere of a work by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, dealing with the very real and very important issue of reconciliation between our First Nations and the rest of Canada.

The Orpheum Theatre
Vancouver BC

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SEP 26, 28, 30 &
OCT 3 | 2015

The Barber of Seville
Opera Lyra Ottawa

Marion will sing the role of Rosina in this charming and fun opera by Rossini. Conductor Kevin Mallon will lead this all Canadian cast of talented singers!

Southam Hall
National Arts Centre
Ottawa ON

NOV 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 2015

Painting Set Free

AGO Friday nights

Marion collaborates with pianist Adam Sherkin on the second half of a one hour recital. Curated by Tapestry Opera's Michael Hidetoshi Mori, this program includes music of Schubert, Bizet, Purcell, Elgar and a world premiere by Adam Sherkin, settings of poetry of the great painter himself! Enjoy music, art, tours and a cash wine bar with tapas for this extremely hip evening at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Included as part of general admission. Members always visit free.

Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto ON

DEC 17, 18, 19 | 2015

The Mummer's Masque by Dean Burry
Toronto Masque Theatre

Looking for an alternative to Handel's Messiah this year? Come and enjoy a glass of wine or Christmas grog while experiencing this boisterous entertainment in the 400-year-old tradition of Newfoundland holiday mummering. Music, dance and storytelling, hosted by Father Christmas. The fabulous cast includes singers Carla Huhtanen, Christopher Mayell and Giles Tomkins, violinist Larry Beckwith, Accordionist Joseph Macerollo and ugly-stick virtuoso Ed Reifel!

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
106 Trinity Street
(near the Distillery District)
Toronto, ON

APR 21 | 2016

Missing Women
Composer Search

Marion sings arias of several Canadian composers, for the jury in search of the right composer to bring this epic tale -set along the Highway of Tears- to musical life. Marie Clements is the librettist for this work commissioned by City Opera Vancouver. Missing Women will be mounted in Fall 2017.

MAY | 2016


Marion will sing a lead role in the workshop showing of this new work by Kye Marshall and Amanda Hale

Toronto ON

SEP | 2016

Soundstreams Vivier Workshop

Marion will join nine other singers in finding a voice for Musik für das Ende, an intriguing piece that has yet to be performed in full. This is part of Soundstreams New Works Development.

Toronto, ON

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