Marion Newman | Mezzo Soprano
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In the February 2011 Peterborough Examiner review by Timothy McGee, Marion's performance with the Peterborough Symphony was described thus:

"Mezzo soprano Newman was featured in two works: Manual de Falla's El Amor Brujo, and two arias from George Bizet's opera Carmen. The vocalist is limited to a couple of dramatic statements and one beautifully melodic song (in the Amor Brujo), all of which give the audience a clear introduction to the extensive vocal talents of the soloist. 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. Newman is also a consummate actress and she brought this talent into play by expressing the songs with facial and body gestures in such a way that her performances of Seguidilla and Gypsy Song completely enchanted the audience."


Marion Newman as TisbeMarion (in purple) performed the role of Tisbé in Pacific Opera Victoria's gorgeous and much lauded production of Cenerentola this season.

"The bulk of the comedy is provided by terrific singer actors... [including] Marion Newman as his petty, preening daughter... convey larger-than-life personas and sing with an easy virtuosity." - Times Colonist review, October 2010


Giiwedin PosterMarion performed the role of Noodin-Kwe in the premiere of Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan's Giiwedin, Directed by Maria Lamont, with Gregory Oh Conducting.

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Marion Newman as Noodin-Kwe in Giiwedin"The cast rose to the occasion and gave a committed ensemble performance. Marion Newman, as Noodin-Kwe, displayed a clear mezzo with an impressive range. She was well paired with the smooth baritone of Jesse Clark as Jean." - Colin Eatock, the Globe and Mail
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"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

"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


Victor Newman Thunderbird MaskOn May 15, Marion performed Thunderbird, an original work centered around a Newman family legend.
A Thunderbird mask, carved by Marion's father, Master Carver Victor Newman, was danced by traditional Kwagiulth dancer Jason Taylor, who was accompanied by renowned drummer and singer George Taylor.
The remainder of the program was made up bird inspired music from the Baroque era performed by the Aradia Ensemble with weather and storm related themes. Ending the concert was a new work by Dustin Peters, which meshed the Baroque style with Aboriginal Arts.
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May 6 | 2011

On the Trail of Kaija Saariaho
The Music Gallery Post-Classical Series

Marion will sing solo works by the trailblazing Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

The Music Gallery |
Toronto ON

April 21 & 23 | 2011

Cavalleria Rusticana
Opera Hamilton

Marion will sing the role of Lola in this beautiful Mascagni favourite.

The Great Hall of
Hamilton Place |
Hamilton ON

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April 7 | 2011

It Isn't Over until the
Fat Lady Sings

Toronto Philharmonia

Bel Canto's Big Three - Opera Excerpts by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti
Marion will perform arias from Rossini's Barber of Seville and Cenerentola under the baton of Milen Nachev

George Weston Hall, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts |
Toronto ON

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March 27 | 2011

The Devil and Kate
Opera in Concert

Marion will perform the role of Kate in this concert production of Dvorak's opera at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto.

Toronto ON

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February 26 | 2011

Spirit of The One Song
Prince George Symphony

Marion will perform Simon Cole's piece, The One Song, and Carmen highlights under Les Dala.

Prince George BC

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February 15 | 2011

Toronto Gala Dinner

Marion will sing Canada's national anthem for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom.

Toronto ON

February | 2011

El Amor Brujo
Peterborough Symphony

Peterborough ON

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December 12 | 2010

The Cellar Singers

Orillia ON

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December 11 | 2010

Aradia Ensemble

Glenn Gould Studio
Toronto ON

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December 10 | 2010

The Cellar Singers

Bracebridge ON

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December 5 | 2010

Kingston Symphony

Marion will sing under the direction of Glen Fast.

Kingston ON

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November 27 | 2010

Aradia Ensemble

Barrie ON

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November 13 & 14 | 2010

Petite Messe Solennelle
St Lawrence Choir

Marion will sing under the direction of Michael Zaugg.

Montreal QC

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September 30,
October 5, 7 & 9 | 2010
October 2 | 2010

Pacific Opera Victoria

Marion will perform the role of ugly stepsister, Tisbé in Rossini's version of Cinderella.

Royal Theatre |
Victoria BC

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